New CDC Testing Guidance: Another Break With Trump

The Daily Beast reports:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday updated its coronavirus testing guidelines to say that individuals who do not present with symptoms should still be tested for COVID19 “due to the significance of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission.” The revised guidelines represent a capstone of sorts to a tumultuous few weeks for the agency, which has come under intense pressure from the White House to offer rosier prognoses on the battle against the pandemic.

In late August, the CDC put out revised testing guidelines that said that individuals who were not exhibiting COVID-related symptoms “do not necessarily need a test.” The New York Times reported Thursday that top officials at the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House coronavirus task force had finalized the looser testing guidelines and “dropped” them onto the CDC’s website.

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