Top Trump officials reportedly pressured the CDC to narrow its coronavirus testing guidelines to exclude asymptomatic people
- The CDC narrowed its COVID-19 testing criteria earlier this week to exclude people who show no symptoms, even if they were exposed to the virus.
- The instruction came from top officials in the Trump administration, according to a New York Times report.
- Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN he was not part of the discussions and was undergoing surgery the day the White House coronavirus task force met to approve the change.
- Democrats have lambasted the move as political interference from the White House and leaders have announced they will not be following the updated recommendations.
- The change has also alarmed health experts who said evidence suggests people who are asymptomatic can still spread the disease.
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Top Trump administration officials pressured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to narrow its COVID-19 testing recommendations to exclude asymptomatic people, according to a New York Times report on Wednesday.
The Times cited two federal health officials who said the new rule was imposed by top White House officials, with one saying the CDC didn’t write the new guidelines.
Coronavirus testing czar Adm. Brett Giroir admitted members of the White House coronavirus task force …continued .
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