Waukesha County Public Health is updating its quarantine guidelines to align with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services released in December 2020. Research shows that people who remain asymptomatic 10 days after COVID-19 exposure are at a lower risk of transmitting it to others.
While these asymptomatic people may be able to safely end quarantine earlier than the previous recommendation, they could still develop symptoms or transmit the virus to others. It may take up to two weeks to develop COVID-19 symptoms, so any quarantine shorter than 14 days carries a possibility of spreading of the virus.
Option to Shorten Quarantine to 10 Days
Asymptomatic individuals who do not get a COVID-19 test should:
Self-quarantine for 10 full days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
Monitor an additional four days for symptoms (14 days total)•
If possible, continue to stay away from others, especially high-risk individuals