In new guidance dated August 24, CDC says that so long as a person doesn't show symptoms testing not necessary. Experts are pointing to the fact that around 50% of transmission events can be traced to pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic people.
"The goal is to make this more perspective, data-driven, strategic and intelligent by putting more power and authority in the hands of the public health officials", Giroir said, adding that he wasn't sure if people who criticized the new guidelines "had actually read them".
"This is potentially risky", Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, an infectious disease physician in Palo Alto, Calif., told the Times.
He noted that people who are asymptomatic are able to spread the virus to others before they develop symptoms.
"With all the things that the president has been saying about testing, it's hard to not be suspicious and say 'hey, they don't want to test people because they're really anxious that more people are going to be diagnosed and that impacts the numbers.' I really don't know", del Rio said.
The move could lower the volume of people being tested, at a time when the virus remains widespread, albeit in decline, experts said.
In its new guidelines, rolled out this week, the CDC has also advised business owners to beef up security, including by installing "panic buttons, cameras, alarms" in light of incidents that have seen customers take out their anger with the coronavirus-related restrictions on fellow customers or employees.
Health department reports 25 new Covid-19 cases since Friday
Whitley County has a total of 17 active COVID-19 cases, including three people isolated in the hospital, and 14 isolated at home. The big spike of 173 new cases last week were attributed to a date "catch-up" on one day. "Our B.C.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services told CNN, "The updated guidance does not undermine contact tracing or any other types of surveillance testing". Testing may be recommended for those with health problems that make them more likely to suffer severe illness from an infection, or if their doctor or local state officials advise they get tested.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was quick to challenge the assertion that politics played no role in the change.
'This is not science. And on Tuesday, CMS issued new rules that would require testing in nursing homes - though it remains unclear what the parameters will be for that mandate.
'The Trump administration has one COVID strategy: Denial, ' the Democrat continued. Now they are forcing the CDC to fall in line with this head-in-the-sand strategy'.
'I'm concerned that these recommendations suggest someone who has had substantial exposure to a person with COVID-19 now doesn't need to get tested, ' Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University, told CNN.
The revised testing guidelines, which CDC released late Monday with no public notice, say it is up to state and local public health officials and health providers to decide whether people without symptoms or underlying risk factors need a test after high-risk situations - such as coming into contact with an infected person for more than 15 minutes.