The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention reversed course once more Friday, now recommending that folks get examined in the event that they come into contact with somebody who has coronavirus, even when they're asymptomatic.
“As a result of significance of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, this steerage additional reinforces the necessity to check asymptomatic individuals, together with shut contacts of an individual with documented SARS-CoV-2 an infection,” the CDC's up to date steerage says.
Shut contact means coming “inside 6 toes of an individual with documented SARS-CoV-2 an infection for not less than 15 minutes.” The CDC additionally recommends that even should you check unfavourable, you must nonetheless self-isolate for 2 weeks as a result of a “single unfavourable check doesn't imply you'll stay unfavourable at any time level after that check.”
That is the second time that the CDC has reversed course on their testing coverage.
On August 26th, the company ignited an issue when it modified its steerage to say that asymptomatic people don't should be examined, even when they got here into shut contact with somebody who has coronavirus.
The reversal Friday strikes the CDC again according to its authentic steerage.
The CDC says it bases its steerage and suggestions on “what's at present recognized about COVID-19 and are topic to alter as extra info turns into out there.”
Some lawmakers speculated that political appointees throughout the Trump administration pushed the primary change in coverage for political causes. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mentioned the choice was about politics, not science.
The New York Occasions reported Thursday that the primary change in coverage was made by officers on the Division of Well being and Human Companies, not scientists on the CDC.
The Related Press contributed to this report.