According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading infectious disease specialist in the United States, the US is contemplating proposing that people who have been exposed to Covid stop being isolated after five days if they have tested negative for the virus.
The change might come after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received backlash this week for reducing Covid-19 isolation periods for asymptomatic patients from ten to five days, even if the person continues to test positive.
On ABC’s “This Week,” Fauci stated, “there has been some concern about why we don’t ask folks to be tested throughout that five-day period.” “It’s something we’re thinking about right now.”
“The CDC is fully aware that there has been some opposition to this.” Looking at it again, there could be an alternative, and testing might be part of it. And I believe we’ll hear more from the CDC about that in the next day or so,” he said.
On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Fauci subsequently stated, “I myself think that’s an acceptable thing to do.”
The revised recommendations are being released as a result of an increase in new Covid-19 infections caused by the extremely infectious omicron form. Some have condemned the decision as placing corporate interests ahead of science, citing the possibility of a countrywide labor shortage if the number of cases increases.
Health officials in the United States have been defending the shift thus far.
“The chance of transmissibility is significantly reduced in the second half of the 10-day period, which would ordinarily constitute a 10-day isolation period.” As a result, the CDC determined that getting individuals out would be quite a low risk,” Fauci said on CNN.
The CDC avoided suggesting testing outside of isolation since the research on whether quick antigen tests are a good indicator of transmissibility is questionable, according to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. Meanwhile, PCR testing might reveal the sickness months later.