The CDC is shortening the recommended times people need to isolate if they test positive for Covid-19.
The agency announced Monday that the time frame can now be reduced, as long as they wear a mask around others for at least five more days. The time for people exposed to the virus to quarantine was also cut to five days if they are vaccinated and often won't have to quarantine if they are boosted. The CDC said in a statement that the move follows what they know about the virus, that transmission is most likely to occur early in the course of the infection. California Public Health officials say the state will follow the CDC's latest recommendations.
If someone experiences symptoms but recover much faster, they may also leave their homes after five days so long as their symptoms are improving, the CDC said. People who have a fever should stay home until the fever clears up, the CDC added.