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In stunning reversal, CDC abruptly changes position on when to get tested

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In stunning reversal, CDC abruptly changes position on when to get tested

"They have been wrong more than they have ben right", he said. Here's what it says now: "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, 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".

Nearly 1.2 million cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Africa and over 27,000 deaths, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Tuesday. Asked for comment, the CDC referred all questions to HHS, and Fauci could not be reached.

But the new directive also lines up with a trend in policy and rhetoric from the White House. Atlas is not an infectious-disease specialist.

South Dakota's health department issued several warnings last week saying that three people who spent several hours at bars in Sturgis and a tattoo parlor had tested positive and had potentially exposed others.

People in that category are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms, such as cough, difficulty breathing or fever, and consider testing if any develop.

Wen said, "This is key to contact tracing, especially given that up to 50% of all transmission is due to people who do not have symptoms". New guidance is senseless The CDC's move has drawn criticism from experts and created widespread confusion with state and local health departments.

The agency now says people do not necessarily need a test if they have come in close contact with an infected person if they are not showing symptoms.

They noted that testing contacts of infected people is a core element of public health efforts to keep outbreaks in check, and that a large percentage of infected people - the CDC has said as many as 40% - exhibit no symptoms.

"The only possible flexibility I could see at the local level on this is whether to just mandate everyone does the full quarantine or allow testing to try to rule out infection", Murray said.

"Of course not every asymptomatic person should be tested. This is an incredible achievement, & a much-needed cause for celebration", he said.

"If people are getting exposed, and they're not getting tested, and they're not isolating, that's a huge problem", Kuppalli warned.

'You're not looking for a lot of people who are potential spreaders of disease, ' she added. "W$3 e don't know what proportion of all spread comes from people who are asymptomatic", Frieden said.

"There is no direction from President Trump, the Vice President [Mike Pence] or [HHS Secretary Alex Azar] about what we need to do when", Giroir said.

For those that do, "you should self-quarantine/isolate at home pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional", the CDC said. One wonders why these guidelines were changed - is it to justify continued deficit of testing?'

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