CDC shortens isolation and quarantine period for COVID exposure

On Monday, December 27, 2021, the CDC updated its recommendation for isolation and quarantine timeframes for people exposed to COVID-19. Highlights are below:

If you test positive for COVID-19

Regardless of vaccination status:

  • You must isolate for 5 days in your home.
  • If you have no symptoms or they have resolved you can leave your home after 5 days.
  • Continue to wear a mask around all others, regardless of their vaccination status for an additional 5 days.

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19

For those who are boosted or received the second shots of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months or received the J&J vaccine within the last 2 months:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5 if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get tested and stay home.

For those who received their last dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted or received J&J shot over 2 months ago and are not boosted:

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
    If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5 if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home

For those not vaccinated:

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5 if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home