COVID-19 Response: When to Quarantine

Yesterday the Iowa Department of Public Health released revised quarantine recommendations for people who have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 in community-based settings. These changes are based upon the use of masks or face coverings by both the person testing positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts (fewer than six feet apart for 15 minutes). The guidance places emphasis on correct and consistent wearing of face coverings in applying these recommendations.

As this guidance differs from the current quarantining guidance from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, IA AAP continues to encourage physicians to engage with their local public health partners and school districts as schools, businesses, and communities work to navigate and make decisions. For more information on the AAP COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry visit:

One thing is consistent across all guidance – the importance of wearing face coverings and following public health precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:

  • Wear a face covering (covering both nose and mouth whenever in public spaces).
  • Maintain social distancing of at least six feet whenever possible.
  • Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home whenever you feel ill.

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