US Health Officials Change Testing Advice. Again. “Experts” Bewildered
Fauci: ‘Don’t Blame Me – I Was Unconscious’
U.S. health officials at the Department of Health and Human Services, parent organization to CDC and FDA, have sparked criticism and confusion after posting guidelines on coronavirus testing from the White House task force that run counter to what scientists say is necessary to control the pandemic.
The new guidance says it is no longer necessary for people who don’t feel sick but have been in close contact with infected people to get tested. It was posted earlier this week on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CDC’s prior guidance advised local health departments to test people who have been within 6 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes. But on Monday, August 24, 2020, a CDC testing overview page was changed to now say that testing is no longer recommended for symptom-less people who were in close contact situations.
There was a caveat, however. Testing may be recommended for those with health problems that make them more likely to suffer severe illness from an infection, or if their doctor or local state officials advise they get tested.
CDC officials referred all questions to the agency’s parent organization, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. Jennifer Nuzzo, a Johns Hopkins University public health researches says this suggests that HHS ordered the change, not CDC.
Dr. Anthony Fauci denied any part in the decision saying he was undergoing surgery and was not part of the discussion during the Aug. 20 task force meeting when updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines were discussed.
“I was under general anesthesia in the operating room and was not part of any discussion or deliberation regarding the new testing recommendations,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Many parties hold Fauci, who appears to have lost White House favor recently, responsible both for unscientific decisions and previous irrational flip-flops on masking , lockdowns , social distancing and other pandemic measures.
Fauci, who has been deeply involved with Bill Gates in a variety of ways, has championed Gates’ programs over a number of years. His vaccine enthusiasm and personal conflicts of interest have roused deep doubt over his pronouncements.