CDC lowers recommended isolation time for kids infected with COVID to 5 days

CDC lowers recommended isolation time for kids infected with COVID to 5 days


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shortened its recommended isolation time for COVID-infected kids from 10 days to five — but it remains unclear if the state or city plan to implement the change.

Regardless of vaccination status, kids who test positive for COVID-19 or show symptoms must isolate, the CDC said late Thursday.

But children, and all others, can now exit isolation after five days if their condition improves or if they are without a fever, the CDC counseled.

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The agency has since taken heat for not recommending a negative test before emerging from isolation.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky addressed that objection on NBC’s “Today” show Friday morning.

“We are now standing on the shoulders of years of science that has

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