The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a change Monday recommending cutting isolation restrictions for Americans who test positive for the coronavirus and shortening close contacts’ time to quarantine.
U.S. health officials now recommend people with the virus can leave isolation after five days, down from 10 days.
Those who have had closed contact exposure to the virus can also leave quarantine after five days.
“Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for five days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for five days to minimize the risk of infecting others,” the agency said in a news release.
CDC officials said the guidance based off of the growing science that the coronavirus is most infectious two days before and three days after symptom onset.