White House COVID-19 adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an interview Sunday that the Centers for Disease Control may revise isolation guidelines for Americans who test positive. with COVID-19 – again – following backlash over recent changes that some consider overkill, business interests are calling for more lenient guidelines.
Fauci, speaking with host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week,” said “there has been some concern” from public health officials about the CDC’s decision to shorten the timeline. They advise those who are positive but have no symptoms to isolate. Last week, the agency cut the quarantine period from 10 days to 5 days, a policy that reflects requirements imposed by red state governor and business leaders who worry about the effect of the new COVID-19 surge on trade.
Many Americans then questioned why the guideline didn’t at least require a negative test – a criticism Fauci made in conversation with Stephanopoulos.
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“You’re right, there was some concern about why we weren’t asking everyone in that five-day period to get tested. That’s something that’s currently being looked at,” Fauci said.
“I think we’ll hear more about that tomorrow or so from the CDC,” he added.
In a separate interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Fauci explained reason behind the CDC’s decision, saying, “significantly less transmissibility” after five days of your body fighting the virus.
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