CDC Responds to Concerns About COVID-19 Test Guidelines

August 31, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified September 1, 2020

According to this article recently published by Medscape, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement Thursday in response to concerns that revised COVID-19 testing guidelines might result in an increase in disease transmission. Asymptomatic individuals who come into close contact with people suspected or confirmed to have SARS-CoV-2 infection can seek testing, CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, said.

Described as a clarification by the CDC, others saw it as a response to pressure from public health officials and physician groups who disagreed with the new testing strategy, according to multiple media outlets. Initial policy changes made without fanfare this week suggested that testing should be reserved for symptomatic people or vulnerable, asymptomatic populations, unless otherwise directed by a physician or local health authority.

However, “testing may be considered for all close contacts of confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients,” Redfield said in Thursday’s statement.

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