CDC Reverses Course on Close Contact Testing

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed their guidelines regarding the testing of asymptomatic people with close contacts to confirmed COVID-19 cases.

This decision comes after controversial comments last week that people who came into close contact with positive cases may not require a COVID-19 test.

Now, the agency is suggesting anyone with a close contact should get a test as soon as possible. Close contact is defined by the CDC as within six feet of someone with the novel coronavirus for at least 15 minutes.

Studies have shown that those who are asymptomatic can still be carriers of the virus and spread it to those around them.

The CDC has issued a statement on the matter.

“Please consult with your healthcare provider or public health official. Testing is recommended for all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Because of the potential for asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, it is important that contacts of individuals with SARS-CoV-2 infection be quickly identified and tested.”

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