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Cornell pioneers shorter quarantine, but only with two negative tests

Lining up for tests and vaccinations in New York. Credit: Sarah Blesener for The New York Times

The January 3 episode of the podcast The Daily features NYT science writer Carl Zimmer talking about what scientists have learned so far about the Omicron variant. In this episode, Zimmer discusses the new CDC recommendation to shorten isolation periods from ten to five days for many infected with the coronavirus. Zimmer explains that Cornell University was an early adopter of the shorter five-day quarantine, but  only when the person first had two negative PCR tests. The episode ends with a statement by Dr. Anthony Fauci MD ’66, Chief Medical Officer to the President, who indicated that the CDC may soon update its guidance to stipulate that the shorter quarantine period be conditioned on a negative test—as is the case at Cornell.