Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Wednesday that the shortened quarantine period for those with positive COVID-19 test results and no symptoms was partly based on what Americans would tolerate.
The CDC announced on Monday that it would cut the isolation period in half from 10 to five days for those showing no symptoms.
“It really had a lot to do with what we thought people would be able to tolerate,” Walensky told CNN.
“It really had a lot to do with what we thought people would be able to tolerate,” CDC Director Walensky says on why the CDC shortened the isolation period from 10 days to 5 days if you’re asymptomatic. Our full interview: pic.twitter.com/rO7blPFiPj
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“We have seen relatively low rates of isolation for all this pandemic,” she added.
The Omicron variant has spread quickly across the U.S., leading to many new restrictions and lockdowns across the nation.
The new variant, however, has been less serious, leading to fewer hospitalizations and deaths despite the increased number of cases.
The change in the CDC’s guidance appears to show the Omicron variant is less serious, especially among those with no symptoms, as the nation seeks to adapt to the ever-changing aspects of the virus.