Experts question CDC changes to COVID-19 testing guidance | CIDRAP

Eroded confidence, but no impact on contact tracing The change, made without any rationale or explanation, further erodes the scientific community’s confidence in the CDC. For months, the story has been more—not less—testing could only help control the world’s worst outbreak of the virus. “If this is coming from HHS, it really undermines the CDC,” said Amesh Adalja, MD, a senior scholar with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security. “I can think of no reason you wouldn’t want people to access the test if they think there’s good reason you need one,” said Emily Gurley, PhD, an epidemiologist with the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. “If nationally the CDC were making the argument that we have to make this decision because of limited tests, that’s one thing, but there’s no evidence or real justification provided.”

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