By Benjamin D. BriggsA. Scott Hecker, Adam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: CDC’s new COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation calculator “takes the stress out of deciding when, and for how long, individuals with COVID-19 and close contacts need to stay home, get tested, and wear a well-fitting mask.”

The new CDC calculator may help people with COVID-19 and their close contacts decide what precautions they should take to limit COVID-19 transmission in their communities, including whether to quarantine or isolate.

Each person’s COVID-19 circumstances are unique, and this new tool can provide information that is more tailored to an individual’s particular needs.  With the COVID-19 landscape always shifting, the calculator can assist COVID-19 cases and close contacts to understand and follow current CDC guidance on isolating and quarantining, as well as to determine whether they should test or wear a mask.

The CDC calculator is geared for the general public and not specifically for use by employers.  However, employers may consider adopting this calculator for employee quarantine and isolation.

For more information on this or any related topic please contact the author, your Seyfarth attorney, or any member of the Workplace Safety and Health (OSHA/MSHA) Team.