CDC Revises Isolation Guidance Again After Backlash, Confusion

The CDC said people can now use people can use rapid antigen tests after five days if they want them but did not take the step of requiring them.

(Fwrd Axis) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday further revisions to its guidance for those who want to use tests following isolation after contracting Covid-19.

The CDC said people can now use people can use rapid antigen tests after five days if they want them but did not take the step of requiring them.

The change comes after the agency received public scrutiny following changes to the isolation period from 10 days to five after they test positive. However, people were advised to continue wearing masks around others for five more days.

“Covid-positive people can, in general, leave isolation after five days if they’re free of fever and other symptoms — no test required,” the agency said. “If an individual has access to a test and wants to test, the best approach is to use an antigen test towards the end of the 5-day isolation period.”

The new guidance comes after the United States surpassed 1 million Covid-19 cases. averaging 507,135 a day.

“The science is evolving, particularly for the omicron variant,” the CDC wrote on its website. That variant appears to have an even shorter incubation period than previous variants, such as delta or alpha, did, it said.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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