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CDC Updates Guidance On COVID-19 Testing

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The Washington Post (9/18, Sun) reported that the CDC on Friday updated its “guidelines on who should be tested for the novel coronavirus after experts inside and outside the agency raised alarms about public confusion over testing and concerns about the country’s ability to control the epidemic.”

USA Today (9/18, Hauck) reported the CDC now recommends that “people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should get tested, even if they’re not symptomatic.” The agency said, “Due to the significance of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, this guidance further reinforces the need to test asymptomatic persons, including close contacts of a person with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection.”

The AP (9/18, Stobbe) reported, “The CDC now says anyone who has been within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes should get a test.” The CDC “called the changes a ‘clarification’ that was needed ‘due to the significance of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission.’”

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