The latest on CDC’s COVID-19 isolation recommendations

Dr. Jen Ashton says the guidelines on self-isolation may be changing.
1:38 | 11/30/20

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the latest numbers now from Johns Hopkins university -- now more than 62.7 million cases of coronavirus around the world with at least 13.3 million of those right here in the U.S. And now 266,000 American lives lost. And Dr. Jen, this is interesting, there's word that CDC may be amending its recommendations on the duration of time necessary to quarantine after yoa positive covid result. Absolutely, and so our viewers are actually getting a first glimpse at this, this is an example of how we learn more about transmission dynamics of this virus, these recommendations may change. Here's what we know at this point -- the average incubation period of covid-19, 5.2 days, that range goes from 1 day to 14 days, most people we know start to shed virus on day three after exposure. Now, the current recommendations are to isolate for ten days since the onset of symptoms or when you send off that positive test. This is based on an analysis of data which show people are generally infectious two days before, newer data from sars, from mers, and from covid, show about five days later, CDC talking about amending the isolation period from ten days to seven. We may also see them shorten the self-quarantine period from 14 days down to something like ten, again, this has not been publicly released yet, but we know by a certain period of time, 90% of people will become positive or will stop being contagious, that's why they'll probably be amending these numbers. Dr. Ashton, thank you so much. Let's ch now with

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