Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says he was undergoing surgery on August 20 when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their guidelines. These new guidelines suggest that asymptomatic people may not need to be tested for COVID-19, even if they have been in close contact with someone who was infected.
“I was under general anesthesia in the operating room and was not part of any discussion or deliberation regarding the new testing recommendations,” Fauci said. “I am concerned about the interpretation of these recommendations and worried it will give people the incorrect assumption that asymptomatic spread is not of great concern. In fact it is.”
Other members of the taskforce say that regardless, Fauci needed to sign off on this new guidance. His comments undercut claims from Adm. Brett Giroir, the administration’s point person on testing.