Live Q&A: Fauci Suggests Negative COVID-19 Tests to Leave Quarantine, CDC Says That May Take 12 Weeks
Anthony Fauci, the White House pandemic advisor, told ABC News on Sunday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now evaluating a recent rule revision that allows people who tested positive to leave if they haven’t received a negative COVID-19 test.
This comes after the CDC shortened isolation time from 10 days to 5 days for people with an asymptomatic infection. But Fauci is now saying “there has been some concern” about this, adding that the change is under review.
He told ABC, “looking at it again, there may be an option in that testing could be a part of that, and I think we’re going to be hearing more about that in the next day or so from the CDC.”
Fauci stated in a separate interview with CNN that the 5-day isolation recently rolled out by the CDC is reasonable, but added, “There’s a big picture of trying to do it in a way that is scientifically sound, but that also gets people back to work.” He said, “The CDC is doing their very best in trying to get the right balance of getting people back, but doing it on a solid scientific basis.”
Remember, just last week, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on Good Morning America that the Biden Administration dropped the virus tests from isolation guidelines for the exact reason that they can stay positive for 12 weeks. That’s three months of isolation. She said, “We would have people in isolation for a very long time if we were relying on PCRs.” It was for this reason that the CDC changed its guidelines, which included allowing people to leave isolation after five days without a negative test.
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