THURSDAY, July 23, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Many recovering COVID-19 patients in the United States will now be able to leave isolation without further testing to show they are virus-free, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

They will be allowed to return to their normal routines after 10 days if they are free of fever or other symptoms, The New York Times reported.

Under the new guidelines issued Wednesday, patients may be considered recovered if it has been 10 days since they first had symptoms; they no longer have symptoms such as shortness of breath or diarrhea; and they have been fever-free for 24 hours without taking fever medications. The CDC said the revised guidelines, which are not rules, should help ease the strain on the nation’s COVID-19 testing system, The Times reported.

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