If you heard about the CDC testing guidance yesterday and thought WTF, well, here’s why:
(CNN) A sudden change in federal guidelines on coronavirus testing came this week as a result of pressure from the upper ranks of the Trump administration, a federal health official close to the process tells CNN.
“It’s coming from the top down,” the official said of the new directive from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The new guidelines raise the bar on who should get tested, advising that some people without symptoms probably don’t need it — even if they’ve been in close contact with an infected person.
Previously, the CDC said viral testing was appropriate for people with recent or suspected exposure, even if they were asymptomatic.
It makes sense, if your goal is to provide cover for the Trump administration’s massive failure on testing. Maybe not so much if the objective is to prevent more Americans from getting sick and spreading the disease.
Trump and his toadies have made the calculation that they can get a dead-cat bounce from the economy if everyone goes back to school and work, and identifying outbreaks early stands in the way of that strategy, so they just tweaked the testing guidelines.
Has anyone seen Fauci? Last I heard, he was recovering from vocal cord surgery. No, really.