Not a preservation tactic: When asked if the CDC switch was aimed at reducing pressure on the country’s testing system, Giroir said the decision is based on medical science.
“There is no tactic about it. It is not a result of shortages. It is unnecessary,” he said. “If we thought it was necessary to retest people, we would say so.”
The exceptions: The virus may remain longer in severely ill patients who need intensive care units or are immunodeficient, according to Giroir. “Those are the ones you consult your health care provider,” he said.
What’s next: Giroir said the government is “dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s” on the recommendations, so expect to see the CDC issue the document soon.