What Counts as a ‘Close Contact’

A CDC change will hopefully curb confusion and limit loopholes

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its definition of “close contact” with a person infected with Covid-19. It is now 15 minutes or more of cumulative exposure to infectious individuals, within six feet, in a 24-hour period regardless of masking and whether the contact was inside or outdoors.

A close contact was previously defined as 15 continuous minutes with someone who is infected. Places and people…

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