Asymptomatic CD Cmulling COVID test requirements

Washington (AP) — As COVID-19 Omicron variants surge across the United States, federal health officials say they are negative with a five-day quarantine limit for asymptomatic Americans infected with the White House’s top medical coronavirus. I’m trying to add a test. The adviser said on Sunday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently considering including negative tests as part of its guidance after it has been obtained by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Important “pushback” in addition Recommendations updated last week.

Under the guidance of 27 December, the quarantine restrictions for people infected with COVID-19 were reduced from 10 days to 5 days if they no longer felt symptoms or had a fever. After that period, they are asked to wear masks around others and spend the next 5 days.

Since then, the guidelines have been criticized by many medical professionals for not specifying a negative antigen test as a requirement to leave quarantine.

“There were some concerns about why we didn’t ask people to be tested during that five-day period,” Fauci said. “Looking back, you might have the option of including a test in it. I think we’ll hear more about it from the CDC the next day or so.”

Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, said new cases are nearly “vertically increasing” in the United States, currently averaging 400,000 cases per day and increasing hospitalizations. ..

“We are definitely in the midst of a very serious surge, and in some cases on the rise,” he said. “The acceleration of the incidents we have seen is unprecedented and far exceeds what we have seen before.”

Forch said he was concerned that Omicron variants were overwhelming the healthcare system and causing “great disruption” to other important services.

“When I say a great deal of confusion, you will certainly be stressed by the system and the people who do all sorts of work … especially the important work for the proper functioning of society. I’m doing it, “Fauci said. “We already know that there are reports from fire departments and police stations in various cities that 10, 20, 25, and sometimes 30% of people are ill, and that’s something we have to worry about. Because we want to make sure that it doesn’t really disrupt society. I hope it doesn’t happen. “

There is “accumulated evidence” that Omicron can lead to less severe illnesses, but he warned that the data remain early. Fauci said he was particularly worried about the tens of millions of unvaccinated Americans because “a significant number of Americans get serious illness.”

He urged unvaccinated and unsupported Americans to vaccinate, cover indoors to protect themselves, and slow the current surge in US cases.

Food and Drug Administration Last week, he said a preliminary study showed Quick test at home Detects Omicron, but may be less sensitive. Authorities said they are still investigating how the test will be performed on the first variant detected in late November.

“These tests should not give the impression that they are worthless,” Fauci said.

“I think the confusion was that rapid antigen testing wasn’t as sensitive as PCR testing,” Fauci said. “They are very good when they are given in succession. Therefore, if you do it a couple of times in a few days, at the end of the day, it’s as good as PCR, but once. Not very sensitive as a test for. “

PCR tests usually need to be processed in the laboratory. This test looks for the genetic material of the virus and replicates it millions of times before it can be detected by a computer.

Fauci said the United States may appear to return to a more normal life sooner if Americans take the necessary precautions.

“One of these things we want is that this will peak in a few weeks and turn around,” Forch said, and Omicron could be low enough by February and March. He said he expected to have sex. It does not disrupt our society, economy or way of life. “

Fauci talked about ABC’s “This Week” and CNN’s “State of the Union”.


Ticks reported from Wilmington, Delaware.