It is very rare that there is any good news regarding COVID-19 but the CDC has announced a shorter quarantine period.

The longer the pandemic goes on, the more health experts learn about the virus and how better to control the spread.

According to MLive, based on new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, the 14-day quarantine period for most COVID-19 cases has now been reduced to 10 days.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has honored the CDC findings and shortened the states quarantine time from 14 to 10 days.

Scientists have found that 99% of people who have come in contact with someone with COVID-19 will show symptoms within 10 days of exposure to the virus. So there is a 10 day incubation period.

According to MLIve, MDHHS chief medical executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said,

We are basing this recommendation on scientific data from CDC and offering the opportunity to reduce the quarantine period to 10 days in certain circumstances. Public health officials can still require the 14-day period as this option most greatly mitigates the possibility of transmission. We strongly urge the continued use of masks, social distancing and hand washing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

There is another bonus (if you can call it that), a quarantine can actually end in seven days if the person tests negative and shows no signs of symptoms. Although the test needs to be taken with in 48 hours of contact with an infected individual.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are still reviewing the seven day quarantine option and will continue to follow CDC recommendations as updates are made based on scientific research.

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