CHICAGO — Chicagoans need to take the 14-day quarantine period for coronavirus seriously, the city’s top doctor said Tuesday.
People who have been exposed to coronavirus should self-isolate for 14 days, staying home and avoiding contact with others, according to experts. That’s what’s recommended in Chicago, as well.
Even people who take a test and get a negative result must wait out the two weeks, Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said during a Tuesday press conference.
“Please take the quarantine period seriously,” Arwady said. “If you’ve been advised that you need to quarantine because … you’ve had close contact with someone with COVID, you need to complete the full 14 days of quarantine, regardless of whether you have a test result that is negative.”
That’s because it can take up to 14 days for people to show symptoms of COVID-19 and test positive, Arwady said, adding there have been cases in Chicago where someone tested early and returned to work or school — but then developed coronavirus and spread it.
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