Aaron Carroll, Chief Health Officer at Indiana University, is calling for “alternative guidance for mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic vaccinated and boostered people testing positive for Covid” because the “[m]andatory 10 day isolation is going to make things really difficult for essential services (and hard to enforce)”:
It can’t be said enough. We really need alternative guidance for mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic vaccinated and boostered people testing positive for Covid. Mandatory 10 day isolation is going to make things really difficult for essential services (and hard to enforce).
— Aaron E. Carroll (@aaronecarroll) December 21, 2021
This is long overdue as there are thousands and thousands of people in this group already figuring it out for themselves. For example, all the college students who just tested positive with mild or asymptomatic Covid. Do health officials really think they’re isolating in their dorms or apartments away from family during Christmas?
Sadly, the downstream effect of the current guidance is that it will incentivize a lot of sane people to just NOT get tested if a 10 day quarantine might force them to miss over a week of work, travel, or holidays with loved ones. https://t.co/BCqdCm67p6
— Tom Ancona (@tancona1023) December 21, 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci said a few moments ago that this new guidance is being discussed:
JUST NOW: Dr. Fauci on whether the 10 day quarantine period could be reduced, based on new data:
"There is a consideration. It is being discussed." pic.twitter.com/eYmXER3rjd
— Nora Neus (@noraneus) December 21, 2021
What’s insane that after two years of the pandemic we still don’t know the answer to this:
How contagious are these cases? https://t.co/IFZHv5JCsL
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) December 21, 2021
And this is going to be a major issue come January 3 when schools are back in session:
Also ppl who are exposed but have no symptoms can’t sit in penalty box for 7-10 days & then wait for results of PCR test. Current isolation guidance can easily turn into de facto lockdown with this caseload. Most people will likely either get Covid or be exposed in coming weeks https://t.co/DqTrMI4Eoz
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) December 21, 2021
But it’s not just students. Do we really need to have fully vaccinated and boostered doctors and nurses stay at home for 10 days after a positive test?
An additional burden faced by healthy, fully vaccinated health care/essential workers:
Avoiding indoor social gatherings even if low risk to self knowing there's no one to back you up for 10 days over the holidays if you test positive for mild or asymptomatic #Covid19 https://t.co/PD7Am2PHO3
— M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS (@kit_delgadoMD) December 21, 2021
Fix this, CDC. Now.