CDC Defends Controversial New COVID-19 Isolation Rules

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advocating Their Decision to Change COVID-19 isolation recommendations.


Earlier this week, it was announced that the CDC had shortened the recommended isolation period for people who test positive for COVID-19 but no symptoms.

The new guidelines stipulate that anyone who tests positive for the virus and does not experience any symptoms can be isolated for as little as 5 days, up from the 10 days previously recommended. These people must wear the mask alongside others during these additional five days.


Director of CDC Rochelle Walenski appeared on Cbs mornings and CNN New day Wednesday (December 29) to explain the reason for the change.

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“We really need people to follow these guidelines in order for them to work. But I would also say that those people who are not in disguise, who are outside the home, probably also are not isolated, ”she said. “So what we really wanted to do was make these guidelines easier to follow. We don’t want them to leave the house when they are as contagious as possible. ”

“What we really know is that about 85-90% of the transmission of the virus occurs in these first five days, so we really want people to stay at home during this period of time and then disguise themselves for the rest of the time to record this last from 10 to 15% “, Rochelle noted on Cbs mornings

She added: “We also know we are expecting a large number of cases, we have seen this in other countries, and many of these cases may be asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic.” So we want to be able to bring people back if they feel good, but also to be disguised. “


Rochelle also said that requiring a negative test result after completing five days of isolation was deemed unnecessary.

“We do not know how this antigen works in terms of predicting transmissibility by the end of the infection period,” she said. “We know it works very well during the period when you are initially infected, but the FDA has not really considered whether … your antigen positive correlates with whether you are infectious or not.”

“Therefore, if the antigen test is negative, we still ask you to wear a mask. With a positive antigen test, we can still tell you can wear a mask. And since this will not affect our recommendations, we did not recommend the antigen. [test] at that time. “


During an interview on CNN New dayThe CDC director echoed her previous views on negative rapid tests, explaining that the CDC does believe that people should be tested within the first five days of contact. She also added that the guidelines reflect what the CDC believes “people can tolerate.”

“We are seeing relatively low isolation rates for this entire pandemic,” Rochelle shared, adding that “some sciences” have shown that less than 1/3 of people are isolated. “And so we really want to be sure that we had leadership in the moment when we have many diseases to adhere to, to which people were willing to adhere, and specifically when people are most infectious. “

She went on to talk about what influenced the timing of the changes, pointing out that the increase in the number of calls will significantly affect the staff.

“In the context that we should have had many more cases, many of them will be asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. People will feel good enough to work. They will not necessarily tolerate being at home and the fact that they may not agree to be at home, ”she explained.

Rochelle also said the new guidelines have “nothing to do” with the supply of rapid tests for COVID-19. “It was all about knowing what we’ll do with the information when we got it,” she said, noting that the government is working to make the tests available to the public as the number of cases grows.

“The government is doing a lot and we have a need to do more, and I think that was formulated this week,” she said.

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