Fauci defends new CDC isolation guidelines | TheHill – The Hill

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciArmed man with ‘hit list’ including Biden, Fauci arrested in Iowa on way to White House Overnight Health Care — Biden officials weigh vax mandate for travel On the Money – CDC guidance, omicron threatens businesses MORE on Thursday defended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) decision to cut its recommended isolation time to five days for people infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic

Fauci said there was a need to cut the isolation period for asymptomatic people to keep society running as the nation is hit with the highly contagious omicron variant.

“The reason is that now that we have such an overwhelming volume of cases coming in, many of which are without symptoms, there’s the danger that this is going to have a really negative impact on our ability to really get society to function properly,” Fauci, President BidenJoe BidenFDA authorizes second at-home rapid COVID-19 test Pentagon awards 6.7M contract for domestic production of material critical for rapid COVID-19 tests Armed man with ‘hit list’ including Biden, Fauci arrested in Iowa on way to White House MORE‘s chief medical adviser, said in an interview on NewsNation’s “Morning in America.”

“The CDC made a decision to balance what’s good for public health at the same time as keeping the society running,” he continued, adding that the CDC “thought it out well” though the decision was not “100 percent risk-free.”

Fauci said people leaving isolation after five days who are asymptomatic should mask diligently around others and when they return to work. 

“Let them go out with a mask being careful so that they can fulfill their job in society to keep society going smoothly,” he said. 

Fauci’s remarks come after the CDC’s change in guidelines this week have faced some criticism. 

Earlier this week, former Surgeon General Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsNFL, players union agree to cut COVID-19 isolation time to 5 days CDC comes under fire for new COVID-19 guidance Trump’s surgeon general criticizes CDC guidance MORE advised against following the guidance, saying people should get a negative test before leaving isolation. 

“I love the CDC. Grew up wanting to work there and have been one of their most ardent defenders. I never dreamed the day would come when I would advise people NOT to follow their guidance,” Adams tweeted on Tuesday. “They wouldn’t even follow it for their own family.”

Across the world, COVID-19 cases have spiked in recent days fueled by the highly contagious omicron variant. The World Health Organization reported that the world saw an 11 percent increase in infections during the week of Christmas compared to the week prior.