Trump’s CDC Calls For Less COVID-19 Testing as U.S. Death Number Tops 177,000

President Donald Trump’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is calling for less COVID-19 testing as coronavirus deaths pass 177,000.

The CDC said on Aug. 24 that people — who do not show symptoms — should not to get tested just because they have been in close contact of a person infected with COVID-19, reports ABC News:

If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person with a COVID-19 infection for at least 15 minutes but do not have symptoms. You do not necessarily need a test unless you are a vulnerable individual or your health care provider or State or local public health officials recommend you take one...

However, CDC Director Robert Redfield told ABC News in July that such people should be tested:

Anyone who thinks they may be infected — independent of symptoms — should get a test.

(Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ABC News)

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