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CDC Revises COVID-19 Testing Guidance for Asymptomatic Individuals

The CDC has changed guidance on coronavirus testing for individuals who were exposed to COVID-19, saying people who don’t have symptoms “do not necessarily need a test.” Previously, the CDC recommended that anyone who had recent known or suspected exposure to the virus to be tested, even if they were asymptomatic. According to the CDC’s own information, up to 50% of the spread of the coronavirus occurs before patients begin to experience symptoms. Health officials are critical of the change because of the likely role that asymptomatic people play in the spreading of COVID-19.

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