TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Center for Disease Control announced updated recommendations on Monday for the isolation times of asymptomatic people who test positive for COVID-19.

The CDC reduced the isolation time from ten days to five days for asymptomatic people. They also recommend that after the isolation period is up to continue to wear a mask for five days after to minimize the risk of infecting others.

Knox County Health Officer Dr. Alan Stewart said that this action is likely an effort by the CDC to align its recommendation with the disease’s contagious period.

“What they’re seeing is that the contagious period lasts just under 5 days for the most part,” Stewart said.

This new recommendations comes during the middle of an already busy holiday season, and Stewart said that COVID-19 transmission rates could increase as we go into the new year. He said that it still unclear what impact this decision has on our return to normalcy.

“I don’t think we’re going to see much difference from what we’re seeing already,” Stewart explained. “I don’t really disagree with it though it does make me nervous.”