CAPE TOWN – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently revised what the organisation considered as ‘close contact’ with someone infected with Covid-19 following their report on Covid-19 cases within a correctional facility in Vermont, USA.
As the world continues to fight off the Covid-19 pandemic, with infection rates still increasing in certain countries, many public areas require information on visitors for the safety and containment of Covid-19 in order to access certain facilities with questions needing to be answered such as if you are feeling any symptoms or have been in contact with someone infected with Covid-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently revised what they consider close contact, previously stating close contact with someone infected with Covid-19 meant being within six feet(1.8 metres) distance of an infected person for 15 consecutive minutes, but now, close contact is only considered if someone was within the six feet of an infected person for 15 minutes over the course of a 24 hour time period starting two days before the onset of illness.
According to the organisation, this means that if you have been within this distance from an infected person at various moments within a full day that equates to a 15 minute total, only then you are considered to have been in close contact.
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