The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to take 14 days to 7 days for those receiving a negative test and 10 days for those who have not been tested, Fox News learned.
Fox News on Tuesday obtained a CDC internal document outlining the proposed changes. A source told Fox News that the changes were discussed and approved by the White House coronavirus task force.
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The CDC is expected to publish the revised guide on Wednesday, a source told Fox News.
“Quarantine is used to keep a person exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent diseases that can occur before a person knows they have a virus, ”the document said. “The CDC and other scientists have looked into putting the current recommendation in quarantine for 14 days.”
“Reducing the duration of quarantine can increase compliance by reducing economic hardship,” the document continues. “In addition, the reduction in time reduces stress on the public health system, especially when new infections are growing rapidly.”
The document states that “based on local resources, quarantine may end on day 7 after the receipt of a negative test result” or “on day 10 without testing”.
“After quarantine is discontinued: you should monitor for symptoms for 14 days after exposure; if you have symptoms, immediately isolate yourself and contact your local public health authority or health care provider; wear a mask, stay at least 6 meters away from others, wash your hands, avoid the crowd, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, ”the document said.
However, the document adds that the CDC “continues to recommend quarantine for 14 days to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading”.
“The CDC recognizes that every quarantine of less than 14 days balances the burden against the small potential for the virus to spread,” the document said. “These recommendations are based on what we know now.”
The document added: “The CDC will continue to evaluate new information and update recommendations as necessary.”
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A senior administration official told Fox News that the revised guide was “long overdue” and “something should have happened sooner”.
The official told Fox News that the CDC’s revised recommendations were guided by extensive modeling studies by CDC scientists as well as scientists outside the agency. The official said the risk of transmitting COVID remains “during the lowest 14-day quarantine”, but the new options introduce an estimated “residual risk” of 1% if the quarantine is shortened to 10 days and the remaining 5% of the quarantine. your risk is reduced to 7 days if you also add a test.
The official said the “slightly increased risk” with these new opportunities “should be weighed against reduced economic hardship, stress that reduces the public health system, and better benefits of quarantine and contact tracking, which could improve overall control of new infections. ”
The revised guidance, expected to be announced on Wednesday, comes when the Trump government has announced that delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine will begin as early as this week and will be available for the first time to cutting-edge workers, healthcare workers and the elderly.
Next week, Food and Drug Administration regulators are expected to review Pfizer’s application for emergency use of its vaccine developed with BioNTech.
The latest study data from Pfizer and the BioNTech vaccine, released earlier this month, showed it to be 90% effective.
In addition, Moderna said its vaccination was 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19. AstraZeneca also reported preliminary results that the effectiveness of the vaccine ranged from 62% to 90%, depending on the dose given to the participants.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the vaccines will be “delivered” within 24 hours of FDA approval and then “it will be the responsibility of the nursing homes, hospitals and pharmacies.”
“In fact, within days of FDA approval, we’ll see vaccinations in people’s arms, which is frankly incredible,” Azar said Monday.
The United States has reported more than 13.5 million COVID-19 cases and more than 267,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.