The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clarified his advice for post-isolation testing with COVID-19.

The agency says people who have already tested positive for the virus can get a rapid retest on day 5, but if it is positive you will need to self-isolate for an additional five days.

However, a test is not necessary to end this period of isolation, which creates a lot of confusion.

For people like Framingham’s Gretchen Becker, whose boyfriend tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the seemingly ever-changing isolation guidelines are incredibly confusing.

“I don’t know if he needs to retest before his own – when his five days are up, or how it works, that part I have no idea and neither does he,” Becker said.

Many people were puzzled by the fluctuating advice from public health experts.

“Things are always changing and people are not used to it,” said Johnny Turner of Framingham.

“You have to put everyone on the same page,” said Patrick Mutrie, a resident of Framingham.

“Directions are always changing,” said Tiffany Li, assistant professor of law at the University of New Hampshire Law School.

Li’s recent tweet about how infuriating mixed messages can be went viral overnight.

“There has been so much confusion and just exhaustion, this pandemic has been going on for so long, I think at this point we are all looking for one end,” Li said.

“Sadly, it kind of rekindled all of the old confusions of 2020,” said Dr Shira Doron of Tufts Medical Center.

Doron said that while the changes in direction can be frustrating, we are at a point in the pandemic where she believes the isolation period needs to be shortened, with or without a requirement for testing, so that society does not fall apart. don’t stop again.

“The point is, there is so much COVID out there,” Doron said, “that it’s the person you don’t know who has COVID that puts you at greater risk of contracting COVID than the person. that you know is the sixth day.

Doron said people who want to be tested before leaving isolation should only take an antigen test, not a PCR test, which can stay positive for months after you are no longer contagious.