CDC Reverses COVID-19 Guidance, Says Testing May Not Be Needed


The Centers for Disease Control says healthy people who have been exposed to COVID-19 "do not necessarily need a test" as long as they don't have symptoms. That's a reversal from previous advice that clearly recommended testing for all close contacts of infected individuals, regardless of whether they had symptoms.

The new recommendation excludes vulnerable individuals, such as older adults and people with chronic medical conditions. It also says that state and local health officials may still recommend a test.

While some health experts are crying foul, others say they get it – such as Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (they’re the folks tallying the case numbers)."I agree that reflex testing of anybody with a significant exposure is unnecessary and not the best policy,” he says in a statement. “Those individuals with significant exposures should self-quarantine for 14 days."

Source: NBC News