In what is being called a "stunning reversal" the CDC has posted updated guidance saying that even in cases of close contact with someone infected with the coronavirus testing is "not necessarily" needed.
On Tuesday the CDC quietly posted new guidance.
"If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person with a COVID-19 infection for at least 15 minutes but do not have symptoms," it says, "You do not necessarily need a test unless you are a vulnerable individual or your health care provider or State or local public health officials recommend you take one."
ABC News reports the "public health reasons for the change were not immediately clear."
"When asked to explain, the Department of Health and Human Services -- not the CDC -- responded."
HHS is seen as a more politicized government agency than the CDC. President Donald Trump for months has been trying to have less people tested, falsely insisting that testing causes coronavirus cases.
We have more Cases because we do more Testing. It’s Lamestream Media Gold!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1596251301.0
Cases are going up in the U.S. because we are testing far more than any other country, and ever expanding. With sma… https://t.co/zGRuqEiF0B— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1592909660.0
Experts are warning the reversal is dangerous.
Yale University Professor of Epidemiology, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis says "This change in policy will kill."
The CDC just revised their testing guidance to exclude people without symptoms. Our work on the ‘silent’ spread und… https://t.co/BWxyZO4ZtR— Dr. Alison Galvani (@Dr. Alison Galvani)1598414255.0
Epidemiologist and Assistant Professor at Yale School of Public Health:
I can't see any real reason to stop recommending testing asymptomatics, including close contacts of those infected.… https://t.co/iMkh3gA01W— Gregg Gonsalves (@Gregg Gonsalves)1598434498.0
Former CDC Director:
Quarantine when travel from area with lots to area with less Covid protects others and prevents outbreaks. Test c… https://t.co/iNjTfjidsl— Dr. Tom Frieden (@Dr. Tom Frieden)1598452548.0
Professor of Molecular Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute warns CDC is "compromised":
This is what anti-science looks like, folks https://t.co/e2g1LzSd6J by @KatherineJWu https://t.co/hOO6QHIv6D and a… https://t.co/a2OQIGwzTu— Eric Topol (@Eric Topol)1598423057.0