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CDC Updates Covid-19 Isolation Guidance, Stops Short of Requiring Testing

CDC Updates Covid-19 Isolation Guidance, Stops Short of Requiring Testing
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By Dow Jones & Company

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday updated its guidance for people infected with the virus that causes Covid-19, including new details for people who want to test before leaving isolation. But the agency stopped short of saying that people must get a test before going back to work or resuming social activities.

The U.S. agency said that if an infected person has access to testing and wants to get tested, the best method would be to use an antigen test, also known as a rapid test, toward the end of their five-day isolation period. The person should continue to isolate until day 10 if the test is positive, but can end isolation after five days if they get a negative result, as long as the individual wears a well-fitting mask around others.

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