CDC: Isolating until COVID-19 test results come back could slow its spread
Self-isolating until getting COVID-19 test results can reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC said. Some coronavirus test results can be delayed for days to weeks.
Self-isolating while waiting for COVID-19 test results could dramatically slow the spread of the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.In fact, data from CDC models are so compelling that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will now reimburse doctors who encourage people to self-isolate until their test results come back.Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreakThe financial incentive, announced Thursday by the CDC and CMS, rewards doctors who tell patients to stay away from others from the time they are tested until they receive their test result. Of course, if the test is positive, the patient should continue to isolate.Test results can take anywhere from a few days to more than two weeks in some cases to come back. During that time, an infected individual who is