Why the CDC says a test to leave COVID-19 quarantine isn’t needed

Why the CDC says a test to leave COVID-19 quarantine isn’t needed


People with COVID-19 won’t be required to test negative to leave quarantine because rapid tests aren’t designed to determine how contagious a person is, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky addressed the health agency’s confusing, changing isolation guidelines for those who test positive, explaining why the CDC stopped short of recommending the testing.

“These tests are authorized for qualitative purposes, not quantitative purposes, meaning we can’t tell how transmissible you are based on a positive or a negative test,” Walensky said at a White House press conference. “The FDA has authorized these rapid tests for early [diagnosis] in the disease course.”

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But the CDC nevertheless offered advice on how to “interpret” the tests when coming

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