CDC weakens testing guidelines

In a move that many are denouncing as unacceptable, the Centers for Disease Control today discreetly changed its testing guidelines suggesting that people without symptoms would not need testing unless they were at high risk or counseled to do so by a medical professional. The news has two troubling implications. From a pandemic standpoint, this demonstrates that the government is seeking to lower the number of people testing just when the scientific community is appealing for an increase. The second troubling aspect is the way it was done. Rather than announcing the guidelines change, it was discreetly entered as an edit on the CDC.gov website. During a public health crisis, this conflicts with every accepted rule of good risk and public health communication.