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CDC Redefines COVID-19 Close Contact, Adds Brief Encounters

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(AP) – U.S. health officials are redefining what it means to have close contact with someone with COVID-19. For months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said close contact meant spending a solid 15 minutes within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for coronavirus.

On Wednesday, the CDC changed it to a total of 15 minutes or more – so briefer but repeated contacts that add up to 15 minutes now count. Anyone who has been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient is advised to quarantine for two weeks. The CDC made the change because of a study in a Vermont prison.

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