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CDC director: Human behavior shortens recommended isolation period for COVID cases

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Valensky acknowledged Wednesday that human behavior has played into the latest guidelines on how long individuals with the coronavirus should quarantine.

In an appearance on CNN, Valensky was pressed about how and why the CDC reduced its recommended isolation period from 10 days to five days for people who tested positive for COVID-19. and were asymptomatic till that time. Valensky said most transmission of the virus occurred in the days before and after developing symptoms of the disease.

As he said, “people need to go back to work,” Valensky said, adding that the behavioral science aspect of it also came into play.

Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 in Atlanta.  (AP Photo / Brian Anderson)

Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 in Atlanta. (AP Photo / Brian Anderson)
(AP Photo / Brian Anderson)

“From what you’re saying, it sounds like this decision had as much to do with business as it did with science,” said fill-in anchor Caitlan Collins.

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“It was actually a lot of what we thought people would be able to tolerate,” Valensky said, adding that studies have shown that most Americans were not isolated when they “needed.” “And so we really want to make sure we’re guided in this moment , where we were going to get sick , It could be followed, that people were willing to obey and that spoke especially when people were more and more contagious.”

Valensky’s remarks and the CDC shift come amid a surge in cases across the country, a majority from the Omicron version of the disease. Valensky said the omicron variant is highly transmitted, but many cases are mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic, especially in people who have been vaccinated.

President Biden’s top medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, made similar remarks last week, saying he did not want “so many people out” with the record-setting number of cases in recent weeks.

Delta Airlines sent a letter to Valensky this week requesting that quarantine period in full Vaccination Describing the old rules as old, people have been given five days.

Delta airplanes are seen at John F Kennedy International Airport after the airlines announced that several flights were canceled during the spread of the Omicron coronavirus version on Christmas Eve in Queens, New York City, US, December 24, 2021 .

Delta airplanes are seen at John F Kennedy International Airport after the airlines announced that several flights were canceled due to the spread of the Omicron coronavirus version on Christmas Eve in Queens, New York City, US, December 24, 2021 .
(Reuters/Dieu-Nalio Cheri)

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Valensky came under fire from both sides after his remarks, with progressives who continued to push for sanctions saying it was reckless and an attempt to appease corporations like Delta, while others on the right told President Trump and Republicans the same argument last year. Called dangerous and prioritized profits over people. Others hoped the CDC’s face would reconsider other federal health measures, such as encouraging masks on youth at school.

The shorter isolation period seemed reasonable to others, however, given the impact on Americans of staff shortages from COVID exposure, such as flight closures.

“What seems very clear is that the CDC’s short isolation period was, first and foremost, an effort to prevent society from falling for what most people experience as a mild flu,” notes Aaron Siberiam of the Washington Free Beacon.

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Fox Business’ Paul Best contributed to this report.

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