The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday that new guidelines for shortening isolation over COVID-19 could come “soon” – as the UK reduced the period in England from 10 to seven days.
During a Wednesday appearance on “CBS Mornings”, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said that officials “actively examined” relevant data and “did some modeling analysis to assess” whether they should make changes.
“And we expect that we will have some updates soon,”[ads1]; Walensky said.
Also on Wednesday, the British Health Security Agency said that infected people in England do not need to continue to isolate themselves if they test negative on the sixth and seventh day.
HSA – the British equivalent of the CDC – said that their analysis indicated a seven-day isolation period, combined with two negative tests, had almost the same protective effect as a 10-day isolation period without testing.
“We want to reduce the disruption from COVID-19 to people’s everyday lives,” said Health Secretary Sajid Javid.
Dr. Marty Makary, a professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, told The Post that “the Biden administration must be more practical and less rigid.”
“For example, it is not possible at the hospital to let employees leave the position for 10 days every time they think they have been exposed,” he said in an email.
“We did not want anyone left to run our intensive care unit. A five-day quarantine period is urgently needed to enable businesses to function. “
Dr. Bob Wachter, chairman of the University of California, San Francisco’s Department of Medicine, also told Axios that the growing omicron variant meant the CDC had to take action.
“If it turns out that every doctor and nurse who tests positive has to stay away for 10 days, we can be emptied of healthcare professionals fairly quickly,” Wachter said.
Other medical professionals have recently tweeted that the CDC should revise its guidelines.
“Their current recommendations for 10 days of isolation regardless of vaccination status make no sense,” he wrote. Carlos del Rio, assistant dean at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta.
If vaccinated (and especially if boosted), asymptomatic or with mild symptoms and neg Ag [antigen] test on day 5 should slowly return to work. “
Indiana University Chief Health Officer, Dr. Aaron Carroll, tweeted, “Mandatory 10-day isolation is going to make things very difficult for important services.”
Dr. Lucy McBride A Harvard graduate from Washington, DC, an intern writing a COVID-19 newsletter, also tweeted: “I thought the CDC would change isolation from 10 to 5 days for vax’d ppl infected in Delta.”
On Tuesday, Delta Airlines chief Ed Bastian Walensky asked in a letter to halve the 10-day isolation period for vaccinated workers with “breakthrough infections”.
“Our employees represent an important workforce to enable Americans who need to travel domestically and internationally,” he wrote.
“With the rapid spread of the omicron variant, 10-day isolation for those who are fully vaccinated can significantly affect our workforce and operations.”