Source: Erika Edwards

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday clarified its guidance for people who want to use tests when they’re done isolating at home with Covid-19.

The agency now says people can use rapid antigen tests around day five of their isolation periods if they want to and have access to them — but it stopped short of requiring them.

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Earlier isolation guidelines the CDC released last week came under intense public scrutiny as the agency shortened the time people should isolate after they test positive from 10 days to five. There was no mention of adding negative tests to leave isolation, although people were advised to continue wearing masks around others for five more days.

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Some health experts pushed back, saying that without negative tests, asymptomatic people could still spread the coronavirus unknowingly. President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said later that the CDC was expected to add testing to its guidelines.