On meeting with Fauci, said “I was under general anesthesia in the operating room and was not part of any discussion or deliberation regarding the new testing recommendations.”
Fauci replied, “I am concerned about the interpretation of these recommendations and worried it will give people the incorrect assumption that asymptomatic spread is not of great concern. In fact it is”.
Fauci’s comments undercut claims by Adm. Brett Giroir, the administrations coronavirus testing point person, who told reporters on Wednesday that the new guidelines has the white House coronavirus task force’s stamp of approval. Asked whether Fauci signed off on the guidelines, Giroir said, “Yes all the docs signed off on this before it even got to the task force level.”
The new guidelines stunned some federal health officials who are generally briefed on coronavirus matters, and many state health officials had also not been briefed on the change.
Many federal health officials were scrambling on Wednesday to understand the impact of the new guidelines and who pushed through the change.
Trump has repeatedly lamented widespread testing in the US, falsely claiming it is responsible for surges of cases in the US and suggesting the US should slow down testing. Those comments and the surprising CDC guidelines led to allegations that the CDC new guidelines were political and not scientific in origin.
Dr. Carlos said, “if you have been in contact with somebody for few minutes, that okay. But if you have been in contact for 15 minutes and that people does not have a mask, I think you need to be tested regardless if you need to tested regardless if you symptoms or not.”
California will not be able to abide by new guidelines, Gov Gavin Newsom said in a news.