• March 18, 2020 3:24 PM

Why do people have to be symptomatic to be tested when the majority are asymptomatic?

Why do people have to be symptomatic to be tested when the majority are asymptomatic?

Why do people have to be symptomatic to be tested when the majority are asymptomatic? 150 150 Sonoma County Emergency and Preparedness Information

Because of the limited number of available tests, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initially recommended testing only people who had potentially been exposed to the virus or those with active symptoms.

On March 4, 2020 the CDC expanded its recommendations to allow anyone with symptoms to be tested, upon a physician’s approval. Currently, the CDC is asking doctors and hospitals to minimize unnecessary testing and evaluate a patient’s exposure risks before ordering tests.

Priorities for testing, according to the CDC are hospitalized patients who have active symptoms; older adults with symptoms; and people with chronic medical conditions: heart disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease, and others.