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Access. Democrats, Tim kaine, of Virginia, and kyrsten sinema, Arizona teamed up with Republican Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska on the measure. Abortion rights would be protected federally up to viability, and even passed that point if the mother's life is in danger. Viability nor the woman's life being in jeopardy is defined as a doctor would be the one to determine those things. The proposal comes weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court voted to overturn roe versus wade, the decades old decision which legalized abortion in the U.S.. If you get hit with COVID-19, how long are you contagious? If you use president Joe Biden's recent relapse as a case study, it's easy to see how confusing the guidelines can be. Joel achenbach has taken a closer look for The Washington Post and spoke with Taylor van zeiss. Joel, before his relapse, The White House was out in front saying that they've done more than the CDC requires to make sure that the president wouldn't infect anybody. And yet here we are, what are those CDC guidelines in the first place? Well, first of all, the guidelines are under review and they're going to put out some new ones. I don't think they're going to change the key guideline for exiting isolation. This is the one that we really focused on in this new article, which is right now it says, you need to isolate for 5 days and then you can come out of isolation. The problem is that's just an average and approximation of the period of time when you're likely to be most contagious. And for a lot of people, yeah, if you isolate for 5 days and come out, you probably won't give it to someone else except that the research shows people keep shedding virus on average until about day 8. They're less infectious in those later stages, but even that is an average. People can go ten days, 12 days, 13 days, and still be shedding virus. So the best way to know is to take a rapid test and get a negative result, which is what happened with President Biden last week. He had two back to back tests that were negative and then he had his event in a rose garden. He said, hey, I'm back. And what's the CDC's position on testing after infection? Because I know like for our company, for example, if you get sick, you need to test before you're going to be allowed back in the building. Does the CDC have that position too? No, the CDC says, well, you might want to take a negative and take a test and if it's positive, you need to extend your isolation to ten days. But they don't specifically recommend it. It's a bit of a puzzle, many of our expert sources who we talked to said, this is weird because it's a direct piece of evidence about how you are not still infectious as opposed to this timeline guidance, which is just an average. The reason the CDC isn't pushing for everyone to get a negative test has to do with their concern that not everyone has the opportunity to have those kind of tests, because not everyone has access to the test. And a lot of people, they need to be back at work or they need to be taken care of family members or other duties they have. And I think they felt like the guidelines they put in place last December during the omicron wave, they didn't want to change them again. And so we'll see what they come up with next. But this is definitely a point of tension between the CDC and many people in the infectious disease scientific community. And when those updates come out, we know we'll be able to find them online at Washington Post dot com from jollof and Baku's

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