When Should People Who Recover From COVID-19 Get Retested?

August 15, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revised their guidance for people who have recently recovered from coronavirus.

According to the CDC update, those individuals who were previously infected do not have to quarantine or get retested for up to three months, reported the Washington Post.

"People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again,” the CDC said. “People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms."

However, the recommendation continues to advise those that have recuperated to social distance and wear masks in public.

The new guidance appears to suggest that someone who recovers from COVID-19 can't transmit it for at least three months, reported NBC News.

A CDC official has said that studies have shown there is no evidence of someone getting reinfected within three months of recovering, the outlet noted.

More studies need to be done in order to determine exactly how long someone may be protected and if someone who has recovered is immune from the virus.

While nothing has been proven, other medical experts have also expressed the idea that it is unlikely for someone to be reinfected within three months of recovering.

“Of course, unlikely doesn't mean it is impossible to get reinfected," said Dr. Joshua Barocas, an assistant professor of medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine.

Barocas also urged people not to read too much into the new CDC guidance as to suggest we are on our way toward herd immunity.

He added, "We are not there and we shouldn't rely on that as it will cause a significant amount of mortality.”

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