The CDC is considering negative COVID-19 tests to complete isolation 5 days ahead of time

  • The CDC can tell asymptomatic people to reduce isolation by five days after negative tests, said Dr. Fauci.
  • Fauci told CNN that it was fair to test people without symptoms in the last five days of isolation.
  • The CDC faced backlash to cut isolation from 10 to five days for people who have no symptoms.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could recommend asymptomatic people to quit isolation if they test negative for COVID-19 after five days.

His comments come after the CDC updated its recommended isolation policy for people with COVID-19 from 10 days to five days – as long as they have no symptoms of the virus. They should wear a mask around other people for the past five days, the CDC said.

Trade unions criticized the policy change, saying the CDC designed the new rules to support companies and prevent staff shortages instead of keeping employees safe.

“There has been some concern about why we are not asking people during the five-day period to be tested,” Fauci told ABC News. “It’s something that is now under consideration.”

Fauci told ABC News that testing could be included in the CDC’s isolation recommendation.

The CDC was aware of the setback around the change in the insulation guidelines, Fauci told ABC News, adding that the agency could announce something over the next few days.

In a later interview with CNN, Fauci said it was “reasonable” to test infected people who have no symptoms in the second half of their quarantine.

He told CNN that the CDC is expected to clarify the isolation guide soon.

The CDC ruled that releasing people from quarantine early would be “relatively low risk” because the likelihood of transmitting the virus is much lower in the last five days of the 10-day isolation period, Fauci told CNN.

“There’s no doubt you want to get people out of the workplace if they’re asymptomatic,” he told CNN. “There’s a big picture of trying to do it in a way that is scientifically sound, but which also gets people back to work.”

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