Fauci says asymptomatic people might have to test negative for COVID-19 to end isolation 5 days early after CDC faced backlash

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks to members of the media at the National Institutes of Health October 24, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention might recommend that infected people with no COVID-19 symptoms can finish isolation early if they test negative.Alex Wong/Getty Images
  • Fauci said the CDC may tell asymptomatic people to end isolation after five days with a negative test.

  • Fauci told CNN he thought it was reasonable to test people without symptoms after five days.

  • The CDC faced backlash for saying people with no symptoms could isolate for five days instead of 10.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could recommend that asymptomatic people end isolation after five days if they test negative for COVID-19.

The CDC last week updated its isolation guidance for people with COVID-19, saying they could isolate for only five days instead of 10 days as long as they don't have symptoms. They should wear a mask around other people for another five days, the CDC said.

Unions criticized the change, saying the CDC designed the new guidance to prevent staffing shortages instead of to keep employees safe.

Fauci told ABC News on Sunday that testing could soon be included in the CDC's isolation recommendations.

"There has been some concern about why we don't ask people at that five-day period to get tested," Fauci said. "That is something that is now under consideration."

Fauci said the CDC was aware of the pushback about the change and could announce something in the next couple of days.

In a later interview with CNN, Fauci said that he thought it was "reasonable" to test infected people with no symptoms after five days and that the CDC was expected to clarify the isolation guidance soon.

The CDC made the judgment that releasing people from isolation early would be "relatively low risk" because the likelihood of passing the virus on is much lower in the last five days of a 10-day isolation period, Fauci told CNN.

"There's no doubt that you do want to get people out into the workplace if they are without symptoms," he told CNN, adding, "There's a big picture of trying to do it in a way that is scientifically sound, but that also gets people back to work."

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