why do we quarantine for 10 days?

How long do COVID-19 patients need to stay home?
You can be around others after:
10 days since symptoms first appeared and
24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving Mar 12, 2021
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How long do I have to self-quarantine if I have COVID-19 but don't have symptoms?
If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19. If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19. Most people do not require testing to decide when they can be around others; however, if your healthcare provider recommends testing, they will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results.
Mar 12, 2021
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What is the purpose of quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Quarantine is used to separate someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 and may develop illness away from other people. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they have the virus. CDC recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of increasing the spread of the virus. Dec 2, 2020
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Why do you have to quarantine for 14 days after travel during the COVID-19 pandemic?
You may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you travel. May 3, 2021
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