According to the Wall Street Journal report, CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is thinking to reduce the coronavirus quarantine period. They are considering shortening it from 14 days to 10 or 7 days. The agency is assuming that the reported hopes of shortening the period may lead people to comply with the precautions directed for the prevention of the virus.

In addition to that, one of the spokespeople from the agency said that no such decision has been taken yet and the agency is still thinking to finalize any changes. He added that CDC always reviews the recommendations and guidelines considering new understanding regarding COVID-19, and when the appropriate time will come, CDC will announce such guidelines by itself.

Incident manager for COVID-19 Henry Walke responded on the update and said that guidelines of this reduced period include a test that would be needed before coming out of the quarantine. This is to ensure that the infected person has recovered and will not spread the virus to others.

Quarantine Period will Motivate People to Comply with the Guidelines - CDC

He also added that at the moment there is no data or studies supporting this reduction in the quarantine period and the guidelines are under review only to ensure that people follow them.

Currently, CDC is explaining quarantine as keeping the person who has been affected by the virus away from others, which is different from being isolated even in his home.

Agency has also advised people, who have been living or have come in contact with the affected person, enter in quarantine period for at least 14 days at once. And those are having coronavirus in their body must remain quarantined and away from people until the test says negative, especially from those who have a higher risk of severe illness because of COVID-19.