Reverse it, now: Infectious disease experts slam CDC’s COVID-19 testing change

Admiral Brett Giroir, US assistant secretary for health, from left, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listen during a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing in Washington, DC, July 31, 2020.

Enlarge / Admiral Brett
Giroir, US assistant secretary for health, from left, Anthony
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases, and Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), listen during a House Select
Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing in Washington, DC,
July 31, 2020. (credit:
GettyErin Scott
)

Intense backlash from medical and infectious disease experts
continues over
revisions to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s
COVID-19 testing recommendations
, which as of this week
discourage testing for people who have been exposed to the virus
but are not showing symptoms.

In
a joint statement
late Wednesday, the Infectious Diseases
Society of American (IDSA) and the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA)
called for “the immediate reversal of the abrupt revision” by
the CDC.

In
a separate statement
, Susan Bailey, president of the American
Medical Association—the nation’s largest organization of
doctors—called the revision to the testing guidance “a recipe
for community spread and more spikes in coronavirus.”

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Reverse it, now: Infectious disease experts slam CDC’s
COVID-19 testing change