Opinion | Regeneron’s Coronavirus October Surprise

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Did President Trump return to work too soon after coming down with Covid-19? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in August updated its guidelines for health-care workers recovering from the disease. The CDC recommends that for those with mild to moderate illness, returning to work is permissible when “at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved.” The CDC also notes that “a test-based strategy is no longer recommended because, in the majority of cases, it results in excluding from work health care professionals who continue to shed detectable SARS-COV-2 RNA but are no longer infectious.”
No one would deny that doctors, nurses and support staff are essential workers, but it’s obviously unwise to return to a hospital or medical office if you are still contagious with Covid. Few would deny, either, that the president is an essential worker. He told me as much Friday in his first on-camera interview since he got sick. He had been concerned about how the disease could have interfered with his ability to do his job: “I …

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