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ANA Responds to Updated CDC Testing Guidelines on Asymptomatic COVID-19 Individuals

Posted 8 months ago

August 28, 2020

SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA) is concerned about the recent changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines that recommends individuals whom “have been in in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person with a COVID 19 infection for at least 15 minutes but do not have not necessarily need a test” unless they are symptomatic. We maintain that it is essential that scientific findings and data be used as evidence in health care decision making, practice interventions and policy. A recent JAMA article (Aug 2020) indicated that many individuals (30-40%) with SARS-CoV-2 infection remained asymptomatic for a prolonged period, and viral load was similar to that in symptomatic patients.  READ MORE