Not even the people in the agency which didn’t make the change….
It came from the political people in the the Trump admin….
New York State Governor Cuomo says his state won’t follow the policy change….
Infectious disease experts are not only confused but also troubled by a change in testing guidelines made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said people without symptoms may not need a test – even if they’ve been exposed to the coronavirus.
“Our work on the ‘silent’ spread underscored the importance of testing people who have been exposed to COVID-19 regardless of symptoms,” tweeted AlisonGalvani, director for the Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis at Yale School of Medicine. “This change in policy will kill.”
Before changes were made Monday, the CDC website said testing was recommended “for all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection.”
The website now says someone who was in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes but doesn’t have symptoms does not “necessarily need a test.” The agency said exceptions are made for “vulnerable” individuals, or those who were recommended to take a test by a health care provider or public health official.
Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the American Medical Association, said the new guideline is “a recipe for community spread and more spikes in coronavirus.”
Bailey urged the CDC to release its “scientific justification” for the change. The Infectious Diseases Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association called on the agency to reverse its decision….