Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner
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Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA chief under President Donald Trump, said Sunday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidelines not to test asymptomatic people for Covid-19 were "unfortunate" as those people are at a high level Risk of contagion of the infection.
"We should test these people to make sure they are not infected and are not asymptomatic carriers because we know they can spread the infection," Gottlieb said in an interview on CBS "Face the Nation." "They are less likely to spread the infection, but they can still spread the infection."
Earlier this month, the CDC tacitly revised its guidelines on coronavirus testing, dropping its previous recommendation to test anyone who has come into close contact with an infected person, including those who have no symptoms.
The move was immediately criticized by medical groups and allegations of political motivation. Two federal health officials reportedly said the CDC had been pressured by top officials from the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services to change the guidelines.
Medical experts and lawmakers say early and widespread testing of people with no symptoms can help mitigate the spread of the virus.
Gottlieb said one reason the CDC made the decision could be that companies require people to test negative for the virus before they can go back to work. He said he doesn't think states are likely to follow the new guidelines.
'If that is the case and this is a problem, there have been more focused ways of addressing and addressing this problem rather than making this very far-reaching, sweeping change to the recommendations which I believe the public and the public may misinterpret . " certainly by public health authorities within states, "said Gottlieb." And so I don't think that these revised instructions are likely to be followed by many states. "
"I think it is advisable to test people who are at high risk of infection," added Gottlieb.
– CNBC's Will Feuer contributed to the coverage