CDC’s New COVID-19 Isolation Guidance Called Out by American Medical Association

Translated by: MOS Education Group – Angelina

The American Medical Association (AMA) called out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday for releasing what it deemed “confusing” and “counterproductive” COVID-19 quarantine and isolation guidance.

In a statement, the group’s president, Dr. Gerald Harmon, said the American people should be able to count on the agency for timely, accurate, and clear guidance. Instead, he said, the CDC’s new recommendations are “not only confusing but are risking further spread of the virus.” Potentially hundreds of thousands of people – could return to work and school infectious if they follow the CDC’s new guidance on ending isolation after five days instead of the previous 10 days.

Physicians think more research needs to be done to determine its severity of disease and ability to evade immune response and vaccines – as well as the future of the pandemic in the U.S. All these recommendations could further overwhelm our health care system. Dr. Harmon is urging the administration to pull all available levers to ramp up the production and distribution of tests. “a dearth of tests at the moment does not justify omitting a testing requirement to exit a now shortened isolation,” he concluded.

Although CDC wrote in its guidance that the change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to the onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after,” Criticism pointed out that shortened isolation period due to staffing shortages in multiple fields and an increase in pediatric hospitalizations. And that was a harbinger of what was going to come in all other essential functions of society.”

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