California – According to revised guidance from the California Department of Public Health, those who have been exposed to COVID-19 but are asymptomatic will no longer need to be quarantined for any period of time.
According to state health officials, the revised guidance is identical to recommendations made by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and takes into account the fact that COVID’s incubation time has been reduced to an average of two to three days.
Individuals who have been infected with the virus within the last 90 days will not be advised to undergo testing, quarantine, or be excluded from work if they are exposed to the virus but do not show signs of the virus.
The California Department of Public Health will continue to recommend a quarantine period of five days for asymptomatic cases and unvaccinated people who work in high-risk environments such as health-care institutions, emergency and homeless shelters, jails and prisons, and long-term care facilities.
As the California Department of Public Health said in a statement, “this allows us to continue protecting our most vulnerable populations and the workforce that delivers critical services in these settings.”
People experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are advised to separate themselves from others and undergo COVID-19 testing as soon as possible, no matter whether they are vaccinated or not.
According to the California Department of Public Health, people who are having symptoms and have tested positive in the last 90 days should use rapid at-home testing to see if they are infected.