The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has pulled a new set of guidelines on coronavirus screening. The new guidelines state that healthy people, who have been exposed to COVID 19 and show no symptoms, do not need to undergo COVID testing. The new set of rules might lead to fewer people being tested and deter contact-tracing efforts. This is exactly the opposite of previous advice. CDC had earlier made the tests mandatory for the people who were exposed to an infected individual irrespective of symptoms or no sign of symptoms. However, some experts have not welcomed the new set of recommendations. They have said that during this time people need more testing.
The new recommendations include that older people and those with chronic medical issues still need to be tested after exposure. State or local health authorities can also recommend a test if required. Many health experts have expressed their concerns over the new policy regarding COVID testing. They have said that more testing is required to keep a low community transmission. Indicating towards less number of testing, there is no mention of self-quarantining in the new guidelines. However, CDC strongly advocates about quarantining for 14 days after being in close contact with an individual with COVID 19, on its website. Now, the federal agency suggests screening for those people who have symptoms like cough, fever, shortness of breath after exposure.
As per the new guidelines on COVID testing, first responders, health workers, critical infrastructure workers, residents, and staff of nursing homes will be on priority for the testing. There are many studies, which show that coronavirus can transmit via asymptomatic people. Health experts think that reducing the number of testing can have massive implications. They have said that it can be potentially dangerous. In the past, US President Donald Trump has commented on the lines of the new rules saying that the USA has the highest number of COVID 19 cases due to the higher number of tests being carried out.