Interim guidance on duration of isolation and precautions for adults with COVID-19
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Interim guidance on duration of isolation and precautions for adults with COVID-19

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      Updated Feb. 13, 2021

      Accumulating evidence supports ending isolation and precautions for adults with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 using a symptom-based strategy. This update incorporates recent evidence to inform the duration of isolation and precautions recommended to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to others, while limiting unnecessary prolonged isolation and unnecessary use of laboratory testing resources. This interim guidance is based upon information available to date and will be updated as new information becomes available.

      CDC recommends that all people, regardless of symptoms and regardless of whether or not they have had laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in the past, continue to use all recommended prevention strategies to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission (e.g., wear masks, stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you, avoid crowds, and wash hands regularly).

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      Key findings -- Assessment - Recommendations -- Annex -- References.
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