UPDATE: The CDC Has Modified Quarantine Guidelines for COVID-19 Exposures
While local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions, the CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days for asymptomatic persons exposed to COVID. However, based on local circumstances and resources, the following options to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives.
Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.
Quarantine can end after Day 7 if the patient tests negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. A PCR test should be performed within 48 hours of day 7 (i.e. no earlier than Day 5). Any test taken before Day 5 of quarantine would not be acceptable for modified quarantine guidelines. Important to note, Day 0 is the day of initial COVID exposure. Pediatric Associates of Dallas and P.A.D. Plano both offer PCR tests at our locations!
In both cases, additional criteria (e.g., continued symptom monitoring, masking and social distancing through Day 14) must be met.
Asymptomatic persons can discontinue quarantine at these earlier time points ONLY IF the following criteria are also met:
No clinical evidence of COVID-19 has been elicited by daily symptom monitoring† during the entirety of quarantine up to the time at which quarantine is discontinued; AND,
Daily symptom monitoring continues through quarantine Day 14; AND,
Persons adhere strictly to all recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions: correct and consistent mask use, social distancing, hand and cough hygiene, environmental cleaning and disinfection, avoiding crowds, ensuring adequate indoor ventilation, and self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 illness through quarantine day 14.
If ANY symptoms develop, they should immediately self-isolate and contact the local public health authority or their healthcare provider to report this change in clinical status****
Persons can continue to be quarantined for 14 days without testing per existing recommendations. This option maximally reduces risk of post-quarantine transmission risk and is the strategy with the greatest collective experience at present.
If you have additional questions please contact your pediatrician!