The following guidelines apply to people without symptoms who have returned from travel or who have a potential exposure. For the good of us all and to be able to return to "normal" as soon as possible, we all have to play our part and do the right thing.
Remember to mask up, wash up, and suck it up by maintaining physical distance. It is great to stay in touch from 6 feet apart or via video. Here is a picture of me forgetting to take off my mask for a video visit... we had a laugh about it.
Updated CDC Quarantine Guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised the quarantine options for people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. Instead of the standard 14-day quarantine it has been recommending, the CDC established acceptable options for a shorter quarantine period based on local circumstances or when diagnostic testing resources are sufficient and available. The alternative and acceptable options are as follows:
· Quarantine can end after 10 days for a person with potential exposure without testing and if no symptoms are reported during daily monitoring.
· Quarantine can end after 7 days for a person with potential exposure if test results are negative and if no symptoms are reported during daily monitoring.
Although we are waiting for the Hawai‘i Department of Health (HDOH) to officially endorse this update, we have been successfully following the 7-day retest strategy for several months, to shorten quarantine for everyone.
Dr. Collins is interested in the health and well being of the individual, community, and planet.