CDC Director Robert Redfield Now Says Asymptomatic Exposed People May Be Tested
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After our previous post, NEW CDC Guidelines: Asymptomatic People Need Not Necessarily Be Tested, CDC received much protests from the scientific and medical communities. Former CDC Director Tom Frieden tweeted, “Not testing asymptomatic contacts allows COVID to spread. The CDC guidance is indefensible. No matter who wrote it and got it posted on the CDC site, it needs to be changed.” These scientific and public health experts pointed to the role asymptomatic people play in spreading the virus and they were concerned that the previous revision was dictated by political appointees outside of CDC. So as of Thursday, August 27, 2020, CDC’s position at its website is now stated HERE. So, on Thursday, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield, issued a clarifying statement, stating that those who come into contact with confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients could be tested themselves, even if they do not show symptoms of the virus. Redfield stated, “Testing is meant to drive actions and achieve specific public health objectives. Every one who needs a COVID-19 test, can get a test. Every one who wants a test does not necessarily need a test; the key is to engage the needed public health community in the decision with the appropriate follow-up action.” He also said that the revised guidelines were drafted in coordination with the White House coronavirus task force. A month ago, nearly a million new tests per day were conducted, but in recent weeks, that number has declined to fewer than 700,000 per day during this last four days, according to an independent group of researchers of COVID Tracking Project. A word of caution for Trump administration: Even if the number of people tested positive for COVID-19 may decrease as a result of fewer people being tested, if hospitals and morgues are full and coronavirus deaths continue to soar, it will still not help the incumbent on Election Day. Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com Any comments, suggestions, concerns regarding this post will be welcomed at [email protected]