CDC Keeps New Testing Guidelines Despite State Backlash

Government Executive: In an about-face reportedly prompted by the Trump administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week quietly narrowed its guidelines for COVID-19 testing — upending previous recommendations that all people exposed to the virus should get tested, whether they have symptoms or not.

Later in the week, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield walked back the guidelines somewhat in a media statement, saying, “Everyone who needs a Covid-19 test, can get a test. Everyone who wants a test does not necessarily need a test; the key is to engage the needed public health community in the decision with the appropriate follow-up action.”

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