The CDC issued guidelines for discontinuing the isolation period based on the profile of the person in isolation as follows:
- People with COVID-19 symptoms but who did not get a test may discontinue their isolation when:
- At least 24 hours have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and,
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- People without COVID-19 symptoms but who tested positive for the virus may discontinue their isolation when:
- At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test. If they develop symptoms, then the symptom-based or test-based strategy should be used. Note, because symptoms cannot be used to gauge where these individuals are in the course of their illness, it is possible that the duration of viral shedding could be longer or shorter than 10 days after their first positive test.
See CDC website for additional details.