CDC Rephrases Testing Guidelines

Previous language discouraged asymptomatic people from testing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance last month on asymptomatic testing, “You do not necessarily need a test unless you are a vulnerable individual or your health care provider or state or local public health officials recommend you take one.”

The agency recently issued the clarification, “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 new language also clarifies what it means to be “exposed” to the point of requiring testing; anyone who has been within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes.

Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett Giroir said in an interview, “We’re doing everything we can to improve testing of asymptomatic individuals, but it’s important to have that with some degree of public health knowledge. Because if you test negative today, it doesn’t mean you won’t be negative tomorrow.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be clear in guiding the nation’s ongoing response to the virus.
  • That the White House Coronavirus Task Force would be given wisdom as they advise the president.
  • That the Lord would be a strong foundation for President Trump as the pandemic wanes.

Sources: AP, Fox News


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