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Chicagoans Need To Stick To 14-Day Quarantine If They’ve Been Exposed To Coronavirus, Health Chief Says

"Please take the quarantine period seriously," said Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

Pedestrians wear masks in the Loop neighborhood amid the COVID-19 pandemic on August 31, 2020.
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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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