Since March, every decision we make at EdenHIll Communities involves a conversation about COVID-19. It seems like each week new symptoms and long-term effects are added to the list. We are dedicated to bringing you updates; from sources we trust. The following information comes from the CDC, and references this article from AARP.
The New 10 Day Rule
Until two weeks ago, the standing recommendation rested on the 14-day isolation period for all positive cases. The CDC has now issued a waiting period of 10 days after symptoms first appear, coupled with 24 hours of being fever free. For those testing positive while being asymptomatic, 10 days of isolation is also suggested.
The CDC has reported that recovery time may last longer than the virus. In a survey conducted, 35% of adults had lingering symptoms for up to 21 days. They suggest that as long as you have followed the 10-day rule, have been fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms are improving – you no longer need to self-isolate.
Previously, a person was not cleared of the virus until negative test results were received. In accordance with updated case studies, it is believed that a negative test is no longer necessary before isolation ends. William Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, states that persistent positive tests may result from “leftover virus fragments.”
Exception to the Rule
Despite the new “rule” for COVID-19, there are exceptions. The CDC still recommends isolating for 14 days if you have encountered someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. This waiting period accounts for the time it takes to develop symptoms.
The virus impacts individuals differently and can be unpredictable in those with weakened immune systems. Patients may remain infectious for longer periods of time, requiring additional days of isolation.
Are You Experiencing Symptoms?
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 but choose not be tested, you are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and self-isolate for 10 days. When symptoms do not improve, it is recommended that you visit with your physician.
If you are tested and confirmed to be positive, always follow your healthcare professional’s guidance regarding your personal plan of care.