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American Medical Association criticizes CDC’s new covid isolation guidance

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The nation’s largest association of physicians on Wednesday criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new quarantine and isolation recommendations, saying the lack of a testing component could cause further spread of the virus.

The American Medical Association said in a statement from its president, Gerald E. Harmon, that a negative test should be required for those infected with the coronavirus to end isolation. The statement is the latest backlash to the CDC guidelines updated Dec. 27, which halved the isolation period to five days for asymptomatic people.

Harmon said the recommendations are “not only confusing, but are risking further spread of the virus.” Physicians fear the health-care system could become further overwhelmed, he added.

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