CDC - again - changes COVID-19 guidelines. Now asymptomatic people need a test

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The agency's previous position recommended testing all people who have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with Covid-19.

In its "overview of testing" for healthcare workers the CDC now says: "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".

"If you have been in close contact, such as within 6 feet of a person with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection for at least 15 minutes and do not have symptoms, you need a test", the CDC posted on its website Friday.

The CDC's updated language on what to do if you have a likely exposure to the virus but no symptoms.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reversed its coronavirus testing guidance after it sparked backlash among prominent health experts.

The CDC says it bases its guidance and recommendations on "what is now known about COVID-19 and are subject to change as additional information becomes available".

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At a rally in June, Mr Trump told supporters he had urged officials to "slow the testing down, please". According to the agency, people who have likely been exposed to an infected person do not necessarily need to get tested for.

An official told the Times that the guidelines "came from the top down", meaning the HHS and the White House's COVID-19 task force.

Sources quoted by the New York Times said it had been posted on the CDC website despite experts' objections.

HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Brett Giroir told the Times that he didn't know why the guidelines were not first properly screened by CDC health experts and pointed to CDC Robert Redfield for an explanation.

Adriane Casalotti, of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, said the now-deleted guidance caused confusion among the public. And the NYT also broke a story Friday showing emails from two Trump officials, notably Michael Caputo - the chief spokesperson for HHS who has since gone on medical leave - dismissing the CDC's expertise, trying to prevent officials from communicating publicly, and generally downplaying the pandemic's dangers.

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