The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering shortening the recommended time for quarantining after possible coronavirus exposure in hopes of getting more people to comply.
The agency is looking at reducing the 14-day self-isolation period to between seven and 10 days, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The goal is to increase the chances of people being tested negative for the coronavirus, according to Henry Walke, a senior CDC official.
“We do think that the work that we’ve done, and some of the studies we have and the modeling data that we have, shows that we can with testing shorten quarantine,” Walke said, The Journal reported.
Justin Lessler, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, agrees with Walke.
“If you could get people to quarantine — and really quarantine, like you can’t go to the store when you quarantine — them I think there/s an argument for shorter times,” Lessler told The Journal.
As of Wednesday, the U.S. has roughly 12.7 million coronavirus cases and 261,000 related deaths — both tops globally — according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.