Critics Blast CDC’s Revised Testing Guidance

A coronavirus test is administered at a drive-thru testing site in Washington, DC. May 26, 2020. Image: Drew Angerer/Getty
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A coronavirus test is administered at a drive-thru testing site in Washington, DC. May 26, 2020. Image: Drew Angerer/Getty

US physicians, state officials, and others are blasting the quietly revised CDC testing guidance that says contacts of infected people do not need to get tested if they don’t have symptoms, AP reports.
 
The change is “a recipe for community spread,” according to the American Medical Association.

At least 3 states have said they will not implement the new guidance. 

Previous advice said that all close contacts of infected people should be tested, even if they have no symptoms.
 
Federal officials said the change was driven by concerns about false negative tests giving people a false sense of security, The Washington Post reports.
 
The White House coronavirus task force directed the change—yet Anthony Fauci, its most prominent member, said he was in surgery when discussions took place. 
 
“I am concerned about the interpretation of these recommendations and worried it will give people the incorrect assumption that asymptomatic spread is not of great concern. In fact it is,” Fauci told CNN.
 

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