Fauci defends new guidelines for CDC isolation

Anthony FauciAnthony Fauci Armed man with ‘hit list’ including Biden, Fauci arrested in Iowa on his way to White House Overnight Health Care – Biden officials weigh wax mandate for travel On the Money – CDC guide, omicron threatens companies MORE on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defended the decision to reduce the recommended isolation time to five days for persons infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic.

Fauci said there was a need to cut back on the isolation period for asymptomatic people to keep society running as the nation is hit by the highly contagious omicron variant.

“The reason is that now that we have such an overwhelming amount of cases coming in, many of which are asymptomatic, there is a danger that this will have a really negative impact on our ability to really make society work. properly. ” Fauci, President BidenJoe BidenFDA approves second quick COVID-19 test in home Pentagon allocates $ 6.7 million contract for domestic production of material critical to rapid COVID-19 tests Armed man with ‘hit list’, including Biden, Fauci arrested in Iowa on his way to the White House MORE‘s chief medical adviser, said in an interview on NewsNations “Morning in America.”

“The CDC made a decision to balance what’s good for public health while keeping society running,” he continued, adding that the CDC “thought it through well” even though the decision was not “100 percent risk free.”

Fauci said people who leave isolation after five days and who are asymptomatic should mask themselves diligently around others and when they return to work.

“Let them go out with a mask and be careful so they can do their job in the community to keep the community running,” he said.

Fauci’s remarks come after the CDC’s change in guidelines this week has come under some criticism.

Earlier in the week former chief physician Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsNFL, Players’ Union Agrees to Reduce COVID-19 Isolation Time to 5 Days CDC Comes Under Shot for New COVID-19 Guidance Trump’s Surgeon Criticizes CDC Guidance MORE advised against following the instructions and saying that people should get a negative test before leaving the isolation.

“I love the CDC. Grew up wanting to work there and have been one of their most ardent defenders. I had never dreamed that the day would come when I would advise people NOT to follow their guidance,” tweeted Adams Tuesday. “They would not even follow it for their own family.”

Across the world, COVID-19 cases have increased in recent days driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. The World Health Organization reported that the world experienced an 11 percent increase in infections over the Christmas week compared to the week before.

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