Good News, CDC Is Back-Tracking 14-Day Quarantine Recommendation
You might want to describe this news as "a light at the end of a tunnel" but you may want to hold off on that thought for now.
We've been told forever (as it seems) to self-quarantine for 14 days after traveling by plane or boat, regardless of where we're coming from. In Illinois, government health officials even put together a list of states residents should avoid if they do not want to honor the two-week self-quarantine. (You can find the list here.) As far as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation, it was originally to self-quarantine for 14 days. I assumed you could skip some of that time by getting a COVID-19 test but I was probably wrong. However, I'm not wrong by telling you the CDC has back-peddled on the 14-day dealio, kind of.
The updated recommendation when it comes to travel is to "follow the same protocols people should be following on a daily basis anyway," according to Travel Pulse. These "same protocols" are common knowledge (and common sense) at this point. Should you need a reminder, here are those instructions straight from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
When around others, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.
Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home.
Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
Watch your health and look for symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if you feel sick.
Also, and this is just a friendly reminder, if your mask is not covering your nose and mouth, you're not wearing a mask.