Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak speaks out against CDC's new testing guidelines
Aug 28 2020
Fauci was in surgery on Thursday to remove a polyp from his vocal cords. Atlas is not an infectious-disease specialist. "At the time he was not struck by the potential implications of this particular change in the version he reviewed", the spokesperson said.
After Monday, August 24 when the USA agency changed the guidelines, the website says: "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", there is no need for a Coronavirus test "unless you are a vulnerable individual or your health care provider or state or local public health officials recommend you take one".
Earlier, CDC said that virus testing was appropriate for people with recent or suspected Coronavirus exposure, even if they don't develop symptoms.
"They need to stop muzzling scientists", Dr. Leana Wen, a public-health professor at George Washington University who previously served as Baltimore's Health Commissioner, said of the White House's pandemic response.
"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". "And if we are unable to identify asymptomatic individuals, we can not stop this pandemic". And he says New York State won't follow them. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called the move "indefensible".
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats on two House committees will investigate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's decision to change coronavirus testing guidelines.
However, top health experts said shortly after Trump's remarks that they were never ordered to slow down testing.
Many were alarmed by the sudden change this week in the CDC's policy regarding testing.
The department volleyed the responsibility back to the CDC on Wednesday.
"We need public health people who do public health and not politics, and we're going to disregard the CDC guidance totally", he told MSNBC. Giroir said there was high-level input from multiple people, including Fauci.
"I hesitated to say public health malpractice", Rutherford said. Meanwhile, Donald Trump has made little secret of the fact he thinks widespread testing is part of a scheme to inflate case numbers and hurt him politically, rather than an effort to track and control the spread of a disease now estimated to have killed at least 179,000 people across the country.
The CDC also recommends learning verbal and non-verbal cues that could be warning signs of possible violence, such as speaking loudly, swearing, clenched fists, heavy breathing, a fixed stare and pacing. Failing to test will not make the virus go away.
US health officials have sparked criticism and confusion after posting guidelines on coronavirus testing from the White House task force that run counter to what scientists say is necessary to control the pandemic. 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.
But springing this as a surprise on public health officials, as happened here, is a fraught way to accomplish that.
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.
The changes startled and concerned health experts. "They're saying don't test asymptomatic people".