CDC Changes Tune on COVID Testing

CDC Changes Tune on COVID Testing

( – Over the past few months, experts, politicians, and doctors have all disagreed about how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to cross our nation. This week, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) caused a stir when it updated its recommendation regarding those who should be tested for the novel coronavirus.

Prior to Monday, August 24, the CDC’s website encouraged COVID-19 testing for “all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection.” However, on Monday, it revised its website to recommend testing only for those “who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.”

This guidance suggests fewer people get tested, although it still encourages anyone vulnerable or with symptoms to speak with their doctor. Backlash came from many doctors and politicians, including the former CDC director, Dr. Tom Frieden:

Robert Redfield, the current CDC Director, responded to the pushback with a statement on Thursday, August 27. He explained there are plenty of tests to go around for those who need it, but not everyone needs to be tested.

Doctors will continue to grapple with the government over how to beat this virus. While the CDC does recommend information and guidelines to the states, it’s up to each person and their medical provider to choose when to get tested for coronavirus.

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