CDC director: Difficult to issue guidances with an “ever-evolving” virus

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director defends agency’s latest isolation guidance On Sunday, it said it was “hard” to provide updated recommendations with an “always-evolving version.”

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Why this matters: Rochelle Valensky’s comments on “Fox News Sunday” come after the CDC’s latest guidance, which shortened the quarantine period for asymptomatic people, received pushback for not requiring a negative COVID test.

What are they saying: “It’s tough,” Valensky told host Brett Baer. “We have an ever-evolving science with an ever-evolving science and my job is to provide updated guidance in the context of rapidly growing cases.”

  • “That’s what we’ve done and I’m here to explain it to the American people and I’m committed to keeping it going and continuing to improve,” she said.
  • “I would say that the most important thing we can do is get our kids vaccinated, get our teachers vaccinated, get our teens vaccinated, and then practice strategies to reduce all those layers. Proven to work.”
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big picture: Last week, the CDC clarified that people who have “access to a test” and want to “take a test” can do so, but ultimately do not make a negative test a requirement to leave isolation, says Nerdshala’ Tina. Reed writes.

  • The agency also said it did not require the tests because “a negative antigen test does not necessarily indicate the absence of a communicable virus.”

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