Health officials at the CDC
are trying to
clarify their new testing guidelines
from three days ago
when they quietly announced
on their website
that if you've been exposed
but don't have symptoms,
you don't necessarily need a test
for COVID-19 in most cases.
This evening, the head of the CDC
is responding to the fire
and defending the decision,
saying that, “Everyone who wants
a test does not necessarily need a test.”
Public health experts say
it's enough to make your head spin.
This shifting policy back and forth
is undermining the credibility of
the messages from the CDC.
Several states that are finally seeing
the good side of their COVID numbers
say they won't be listening to the CDC
and will continue to order tests
for anyone who is exposed
even if they have no symptoms.