Should I Isolate?
Quick answer – Yes – 5 Days
At this point, life in the U.S. has largely returned to a pre-pandemic normal. The COVID-19 public health emergency is over, mask mandates are mostly gone, and offices and schools are open again. But XBB.1.5 is on the rise and BA.1.86 has been found in five states.
But one hallmark of the pandemic remains in place: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still directs anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 to isolate themselves from other people for at least five full days. Once those five days are up, the CDC recommends wearing a high-quality mask, such as an N95 or KN95, around other people when indoors for an additional five days.
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