Coronavirus Update: Experts question CDC guidelines on isolation after testing positive for COVID as Biden continues to work remotely

by | Aug 2, 2022 | Stock Market

President Joe Biden is expected to continue to work from his office Tuesday as he isolates for at least five days in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for people who test positive for COVID. The President tested positive again on Monday in a ‘rebound’ case, a rare outcome of the antiviral Paxlovid with which he was treated last week.

Don’t miss: Paxlovid has been given to Biden and millions of Americans infected with COVID-19. In the U.K., it sits on the shelf. Experts are concerned, however, that the CDC’s guidelines on isolation are confusing and do not reflect the changing nature of the virus some two-and-a-half years into the pandemic, the Washington Post reported. The CDC recommends a timeline of five days of isolation, but does not insist on a negative test that would prove that a patient is no longer shedding virus and unlikely to infect another person. Yet new research shows that people often remain infectious for longer than five days, meaning it’s vital that when ending isolation, they continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home or in indoor spaces through day 10, the paper reported. “Given that a substantial portion of people do have a rapid positive test after 5 days, I think an updated recommendation should include people having a negative rapid test before coming out of isolation for COVID,” Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and the Biden administration’s senior adviser on testing from December until April told the Washington Post.

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