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CDC Chief Changes Virus Testing Guidelines

In the new statement, CDC Director Robert Redfield reverses previous test-related guidelines for COVID-19, saying instead that “all close contacts of confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients” may consider testing.
As a result, the CDC’s recommendation has caused consternation, citing that anyone exposed to COVID-19 should be tested, even if they weren’t symptomatic.
On Wednesday, a spokesperson from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, which is led by infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, said Fauci recalled “quickly reviewing a version of the guidelines” that had circulated previously.
“At the time he was not struck by the potential implications of this particular change in the version he reviewed,” the spokesperson said. “Now reading them carefully, he has some concern that the revised guidelines could be interpreted as lessening the importance of asymptomatic spread of virus in the community.”

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