CDC's New COVID-19 Quarantine Guidance Faces Criticisms

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  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last week that individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 will now face shorter quarantine period
  • The new guidance, released Wednesday, was created to improve complaince to quarantine orders, but has faced criticisms from public health experts
  • Epidemiologists said instead of adjusting the rules to fit people's desires, the CDC should have investigated the cause of poor compliance to the orders
  • Experts say shorter quarantine duration may ultimately increase the spread of the infection as people will exit quarantine sooner than they should
  • On Wednesday, the CDC said it will continue to recommend a 14-day quarantine as the "best way to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19," but that people can exit after 10 days if they have no symptoms or after 7 days if they test negative within 48 hours of the last day of quarantine