This is such a weak response.
Courtesy of The Hill:
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday issued a clarification of earlier guidance on coronavirus testing, days after a quiet change sparked protests from the scientific and medical communities.
In a statement, Director Robert Redfield said those who come into contact with confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients could be tested themselves, even if they do not show symptoms of the virus.
“Testing is meant to drive actions and achieve specific public health objectives. Everyone who needs a COVID-19 test, can get a test. Everyone who wants a test does not necessarily need a test; the key is to engage the needed public health community in the decision with the appropriate follow-up action,” Redfield said.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services later said Redfield was “amplifying and explaining” the guidance, rather than walking back the earlier change.
The CDC revised its testing guidance on Monday, limiting tests to those who show symptoms. That change prompted backlash among public health experts who pointed to the role asymptomatic people play in spreading the virus, and concern that the revision had been dictated by political appointees outside of CDC.
Former CDC Director Tom Frieden was among those critical of the new guidelines.
“Not testing asymptomatic contacts allows Covid to spread. The CDC guidance is indefensible,” Frieden wrote on Twitter. “No matter who wrote it and got it posted on the CDC site, it needs to be changed.”
Of course, the thing is that it was NOT changed.
Despite Dr. Redfield’s weak clarification, the official CDC website still says that you do not need to be tested if you come into constant with an infected individual and you do not yet have any symptoms.
That will ensure the spread of the virus and place many more American people at risk of becoming infected.
The White House broke the CDC and it remains broken.