Story at a glance
- A guideline on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website previously said asymptomatic coronavirus patients didn’t need to be tested.
- The New York Times reported the controversial recommendation was directly made by the Department of Health and Human Services.
- The CDC has now reversed its guideline.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are going back on a controversial recommendation suggesting that asymptomatic people who have close contact with a person infected with the coronavirus “do not necessarily need a test,” The New York Times reported.
The New York Times first reported the change a day after revealing that the guidance was not written by CDC scientists, but instead written by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The change was made directly by the HHS on the CDC website, going against the agency's scientific review process and objections by scientists, according to unnamed sources and internal documents obtained by The New York Times.
The website now says anyone who has been within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes needs a test, regardless of if they have symptoms. Studies show that asymptomatic carriers of SARS-COV-2 can infect others with the coronavirus.
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