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The CDC announced Monday that it is changing its COVID quarantine recommendations, including cutting the recommended quarantine period in half. , Dr. Asha Shajahan, the Health Family Medicine practitioner and medical director of Community Health for Beaumont Hospital, said that since the CDC announced its changes, patients have been bombarding them with questions. The main one being, why the cut down from ten days to five? Shajahan released a statement saying, “A lot of people have been asking me ‘why five days? What happened to the 10? And are we now being less protected?’” The answer to that is really based on the evidence that the COVID-19 virus, especially with the omicron variant, is most infectious two days before you have symptoms and three days afterwards. So that’s why that magic number five is there.”

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Shajahan says that although a person many no longer exhibited any symptoms after those five days of isolation, she is still strongly encouraging others to continue to wear their mask in public. She says that the changes are mostly for people who are asymptomatic and have not shown symptoms after five days. She continues by saying, “If you look at the overall recommendation, it’s still asking for extra protection for the total of 10 days which has been the same as before. The differences is just you’ve got five days of being quarantined if you are asymptomatic and exposed or have a positive test and then not boosted. And then five days of masking afterwards when you’re back out in public.”

Detroit, how do you fell about the new COVID recommendations?