CDC reverses testing guidelines for people without COVID-19 symptoms

Following widespread criticism, CDC on Friday reversed COVID-19 testing guidance suggesting that individuals who had close contact with an infected individual "do not necessarily need a test." Now, the agency recommends to people who have been in close

Following widespread criticism, CDC on Friday reversed COVID-19 testing guidance suggesting that individuals who had close contact with an infected individual "do not necessarily need a test." Now, the agency recommends to people who have been in close contact with a person infected with the coronavirus: "You need a test." The updated recommendation was praised by public health experts, who noted it is consistent with research indicating that asymptomatic individuals can spread SARS-CoV-2 to others. The original guidance was issued on August 24, and soon after CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, tried to clarify the agency's guidance, saying testing "may be considered" for people with no symptoms. The new recommendation is a "detailed follow-up to Dr. Redfield's testing guidance clarification statement on August 27," CDC said Friday. "Current science shows that testing people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 is an important part of preventing disease transmission."