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UNMC doctor recommends 10-day quarantine for exposure versus new CDC quarantine guidelines – KETV Omaha

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Dec 6, 2020

The state of Nebraska will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest quarantine guidelines. Dr. Mark Rupp understands a 14-day quarantine is a lot to ask of people and the CDC agree. “The CDC is kind of recognizing they don’t want perfect to be the enemy of good. Is one way to look at it,” Rupp said. By recommending a shorter quarantine by an entire week, the CDC hopes more people will follow the guideline. “The thought is that people will be able to comply with the shorter periods of quarantine a little bit more readily and therefore are more likely to get all the way through that period of quarantine rather than breaking quarantine because it’s just too long,” Rupp said. A one-week quarantine comes with conditions. The CDC recommends that if you’ve tested negative for five days and you don’t have any symptoms you can end quarantine after 7 days. Though the CDC said mask wearing and self-monitoring will need to be continued until the end of day 14. Gov. Pete Ricketts hammered home that last part. “If you leave quarantine you have to wear a mask and self-monitor your symptoms so that if you do start developing symptoms you go back home right away,” Ricketts said. He also suggested another option during his daily briefing Friday. “Another option is just to wait 10 days and leave quarantine,” Ricketts said. “Again, you’ll still have to after that 10th day and you leave quarantine you’ll still have to wear a mask and self-monitor.” Dr. Rupp said there’s still a chance you’ll spread the virus 10 days in. “The risk of transmission with a PCR test is really less than a half a percent and again if you do it at 14 days with the test it’s essentially zero,” Rupp said. “If you do it with seven days with a test it’s about 4%.” He said most of us should stick with a 10 or 14 day quarantine if exposed. He said only people who absolutely have to get back out there after seven days should do that. “I’d rather have somebody stay in for the 10 days and get a lower level of transmission,” Rupp said.

The state of Nebraska will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest quarantine guidelines.

Dr. Mark Rupp understands a 14-day quarantine is a lot to ask of people and the CDC agree.

“The CDC is kind of recognizing they don’t want perfect to be the enemy of good. Is one way to look at it,” Rupp said.

By recommending a shorter quarantine by an entire week, the CDC hopes more people will follow the guideline.

“The thought is that people will be able to comply with the shorter periods of quarantine a little bit more readily and therefore are more likely to get all the way through that period of quarantine rather than breaking quarantine because it’s just too long,” Rupp said.

A one-week quarantine comes with conditions. The CDC recommends that if you’ve tested negative for five days and you don’t have any symptoms you can end quarantine after 7 days. Though the CDC said mask wearing and self-monitoring will need to be continued until the end of day 14. Gov. Pete Ricketts hammered home that last part.

“If you leave quarantine you have to wear a mask and self-monitor your symptoms so that if you do start developing symptoms you go back home right away,” Ricketts said.

He also suggested another option during his daily briefing Friday.

“Another option is just to wait 10 days and leave quarantine,” Ricketts said. “Again, you’ll still have to after that 10th day and you leave quarantine you’ll still have to wear a mask and self-monitor.”

Dr. Rupp said there’s still a chance you’ll spread the virus 10 days in.

“The risk of transmission with a PCR test is really less than a half a percent and again if you do it at 14 days with the test it’s essentially zero,” Rupp said. “If you do it with seven days with a test it’s about 4%.”

He said most of us should stick with a 10 or 14 day quarantine if exposed. He said only people who absolutely have to get back out there after seven days should do that.

“I’d rather have somebody stay in for the 10 days and get a lower level of transmission,” Rupp said.

 

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