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The Wall Street Journal: Amazon cuts COVID-19 isolation time, but not by as much as CDC guidance

Amazon.com Inc. is reducing how long its U.S.-based workers must isolate after testing positive for Covid-19 after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently shortened its quarantine guidance for people infected with the virus.

The online retail giant AMZN, -0.45% said in a memo to employees Friday that those with positive tests can return to work after isolating for seven days. That is a longer period than the one recommended by the CDC, which reduced its isolation guidance from 10 days to five. The agency also recommends that people should wear a mask for another five days after isolating.

The company said in its memo that it has based its pandemic response decisions on CDC guidance and the advice of its own medical experts but didn’t elaborate on why it opted for seven days instead of five. Company employees who isolate have access to up to 40 hours of paid leave.

Amazon isn’t requiring workers to show a negative Covid-19 test before returning to work, matching the protocol set by the CDC, which faced public pressure to add such a standard but this week declined to add that to its guidance.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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