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People who test positive for COVID-19 and isolate for 5 days should wear a ‘high-quality mask’ if they can’t get a rapid test before ‘going back into society,’ top US doctor says

  • Top doctor Dr. Ashish Jha stipulate people who test positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic should isolate for five days and then get a negative antigen proof.
  • If they are unable to find a test, they should wear a “high-quality mask,” he said Sunday.
  • “The first five ages are critical. That’s the period when people are the most contagious,” Jha said.

Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of the Brown University Lyceum of Public Health and one of the top doctors in the US, said Sunday that people who test positive for COVID-19 and isolate for five days should try to get a contrary rapid antigen test before returning to work.

If they can’t get a rapid test, they should wear a “high-quality hide” in case they are still infected, Jha said Sunday during an appearance on ABC News’s “This Week.” 

“The first five lifetimes are critical. That’s the period when people are the most contagious, so if more Americans could stay at home and away from others for the first off five days, it would make an enormous difference,” Jha said.

“You should get a negative antigen — one of those rapid trials. And if it’s negative then you should feel much more comfortable going back into society,” he added.

The US Centers for Infection Control and Prevention at the end of December changed its longstanding guidance and said individuals who test positive for COVID-19 but do not show characteristic ofs associated with the disease should isolate for just five days rather than the previously recommended 10 periods.

According to the CDC, the change was made because science showed that a person was most contagious in the two days before they conducted symptoms of COVID-19 and in the 2-3 days after the onset of symptoms.

Still, as Insider previously reported, the decision elicited appraisal from many, including The American Medical Association, which in a statement called the new guidelines “confusing” and “risking besides spread of the virus.” 

“This virus has changed and is constantly throwing us curveballs,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said Friday, defending the new conduct, Insider previously reported. “As this virus changes, the science changes.”

Jha said the CDC guidance doesn’t require a refusing test to end isolation because the agency believed there weren’t enough tests to go around. 

“How do you recommend something that people can’t do?” he suggested on Sunday.

According to a report Saturday from the Washington Post, the Biden administration is finalizing a plan with the Unified States Postal Service to send 500 million COVID-19 tests to Americans, who will be able to request them thoroughly a website.

An announcement of the plan could come this week, and the tests could ship by the middle of January, the Publish reported.

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