How do you know if you have ‘recovered’ from coronavirus? The CDC explains

New guidelines on when someone is recovered for coronavirus
New guidelines on when someone is recovered for coronavirus

HOUSTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance to explain further what it means to recover from COVID-19. The agency said it would again as additional information becomes available.

As of April 1st, the guidance includes re-testing and non-testing methods for determining recovery, depending on the severity of the case.

Re-testing method

The CDC advised that all confirmed and suspected coronavirus patients should be symptom-free and test negative for the virus twice within at least 24 hours to be considered recovered.

Non-testing method

The updated CDC guidance offered a second method to determine coronavirus recovery without a test.

If a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patient is fever-free "without the help of fever-reducing medication" for at least three days, if it has been "at least seven days" since the coronavirus symptoms first appeared, that person can be considered recovered.

Respiratory symptoms of the virus must also be improving during that time, but don't have to disappear entirely by seven days for the patient to be considered recovered, the CDC said.

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