The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its COVID-19 testing guidance for asymptomatic individuals. The new guidance states that people who have come in close contact with an infected patient but remain asymptomatic “do not necessarily need a test.” Previously, the CDC recommended testing for “all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection.” The guidance lists three recommendations for those who come within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes including: no test is needed unless the individual is vulnerable or advised to take one by a health care provider or state or local public health officials; the individual should monitor for symptoms; and the individual should strictly adhere to CDC mitigation protocols.

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