CDC director walks back changes in coronavirus testing guidelines
Aug 28 2020
Politico said quoting unidentified officials that Donald Trump administration officials involved with the White House Coronavirus Task Force ordered the CDC to stop promoting coronavirus testing for most people who have been exposed to the virus but do not show symptoms.
"These threats and assaults can come from customers, other employees, or employers", the CDC says.
Previously, the guidelines read: 'Testing is recommended for all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection.
"Ultimately, the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the United States and the globe, the clear evidence of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from asymptomatic persons, and the eventual need to relax current social distancing practices argue for broadened SARS-CoV-2 testing to include asymptomatic persons in prioritized settings".
Tests of asymptomatic people conducted too early to accurately detect the virus can lead to a false sense of security and potentially help spread the virus, Giroir said.
Giroir said that Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the administration's most prominent voices on the virus, was involved as well.
A reporter from the Seattle Times asked why officials waited a week to notify the public after the Kitsap Health District declared an outbreak on August 14, and if any policies will change after several outlets reported that some hospital employees were not notified by the hospital and found out about the outbreak from watching the news.
'This is not science.
"This is like a public health version of Vietnam", said Brian Castrucci, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation, which works to strengthen the public health system. NY has been requiring quarantines for travelers from areas where the coronavirus is still spreading rapidly since June and will continue to do so, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today. 'We want to decrease cases by decreasing transmission, not by decreasing testing'. Now they are forcing the CDC to fall in line with this head-in-the-sand strategy'.
"I signify, the proof that I'm conscious of as of now is that near to 40% of the instances of the infections are asymptomatic and asymptomatic persons transmit the an infection", Emory University School of Medication associate dean and infectious illness professional Dr. Carlos del Rio told CNN.
Today, here is what appears on the site: "If you have been in contact (within 1.8 meters) with a person infected with COVID - 19 for at least 15 minutes but have no symptoms, you don't necessarily need a test, unless you are a vulnerable person or your doctor, your state or local public health officials do not recommend it ". One has to wonder: "Is this change because we don't have enough tests?"
According to an analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, cases are steadily declining in states hard-hit by Covid-19.
Eight states reported a week-on-week increase of more than 10 percent, including South Dakota, North Carolina, Mississippi, Illinois, Arkansas, Wyoming, North Dakota and ME, according to a Reuters tally of state and county reports. "I am concerned when I see public surveys that many people will decline taking a vaccine". "By the time pre-symptomatic people feel sick and seek a test, they may have already infected many others".