VERIFY: Exposed to COVID? This is who should quarantine and for how long

VERIFY: Exposed to COVID? This is who should quarantine and for how long

Is the quarantine 14 days, 10 days, or 7 days? Do I need to put my spouse in quarantine because he was exposed but doesn’t know if he’s positive? Experts in the field of medicine attest to the fact.


Information is continually changing in the COVID-19 period. As students return to school and companies reopen, more people will be exposed to COVID-19…and more issues about how to deal with it will arise.

  1. Is it true that you must quarantine for a full 14 days after being exposed? True, unless you’re experiencing symptoms.

  2. Is it true that you must quarantine yourself if you were recently exposed to someone else? In the vast majority of circumstances, this is incorrect.


  • The CDC stands for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Medical School at MIT
  • Wake Forest Baptist Infectious Diseases is led by Chris Ohl, MD


The 14-day post-exposure quarantine, which was formerly the rule of thumb among health experts, may no longer be essential. The CDC revised its guidelines in December, stating quarantine can end after day 10, without testing, if you are not showing any COVID-19 symptoms.. It might also conclude on day seven with a negative test performed on day five.

But, infectious disease specialist Chris Ohl, MD, advised caution when it came to the reduced quarantine period.

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COVID-19 infected people are most contagious in the 24 to 48 hours before they develop symptoms, according to MIT research. Symptoms usually appear between days five and six after exposure. As a result, anyone transmitting the virus before two days after exposure is extremely unlikely. Thus, if you spend time with a friend who was just infected with the virus, you may not need to be concerned as long as you act immediately to distance yourself from that individual.

‘Because that’s an exposure to an exposure, we don’t normally isolate people in that situation. If your acquaintance tested positive and you were exposed to the positive individual, you would be quarantined for 14 days, 10 days, or possibly seven days, according to Dr. Ohl.

Picture this scenario: you’re enjoying dinner with your husband when he receives a call informing him that a coworker he saw earlier in the day has tested positive for COVID-19. Even if the co-worker had passed the virus to your husband (and it’s too early to detect it on a test), it is highly unlikely he could have given it to you that soon. He should, however, quarantine himself within 24 to 48 hours after exposure, at least until the results of a test on day five.

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