Coronavirus Testing Backlash


Hannah Stai, News Editor

Earlier this week, Director Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approved the release of new guidelines that advised that people not displaying symptoms do not need to get tested. However, Thursday, he issued a clarification after his previous statement sparked protest from the scientific and medical communities.

“Testing is meant to drive actions and achieve specific public health objectives. Everyone who needs a COVID-19 test, can get a test. Everyone who wants a test does not necessarily need a test, the key is to engage the needed public health community in the decision with the appropriate follow-up actions,” Redfield stated, regarding the new guidelines for testing.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services later defended Redfield, and that he was “amplifying and explaining” the guidance, rather than walking back the earlier change. In deeper news and drama, former CDC Director Tom Friedon was a part of the outraged scientific communities by the newly released guidelines.

He has been quoted as saying: “Not testing asymptomatic contacts allows Covid to spread. The CDC guidance is indefensible. No matter who wrote it and got it posted on the CDC site, it needs to be changed.” However, even after Redfield’s clarification Thursday, the revised guidelines have yet to be changed.