CDC releases new COVID-19 testing guidance

Some people who have been exposed to COVID-19 may no longer need to be tested for the virus.

The CDC quietly updated its online guidance on testing earlier this week. It now states that those who have been in close contact with an infected person ‘do not necessarily need a test’ as long as they do not have symptoms.

However, the agency says exceptions may be made for ‘vulnerable individuals’ or if doctors or public health officials recommend testing.

Previously the CDC recommended all close contacts of infected individuals to be tested regardless of symptoms.

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