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The Daily BeastSep 18, 2020
CDC Issues Yet Another Round of Guidance on COVID-19 Testing
REUTERSThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday updated its coronavirus testing guidelines to say that individuals who do not present with symptoms should still be tested for COVID19 "due to the significance of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission."

The revised guidelines represent a capstone of sorts to a tumultuous few weeks for the agency, which has come under intense pressure from the White House and its allies to offer rosier prognoses on the battle against the pandemic. In late August, the CDC put out revised testing guidelines that said that individuals who were not exhibiting COVID-related symptoms "do not necessarily need a test." That update stirred tensions among scientists working in the agency and elsewhere in the administration's health departments who said the testing guidelines could set a dangerous precedent and would make it that much more difficult to identify infections and stop community spread. 

Days after the August 24th guidelines were issued, the CDC had revised the language to note that testing was recommended "for all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection." 

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