Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services, underscored that asymptomatic people who think they’ve been exposed to Covid-19 should be tested for coronavirus, especially in outbreak areas.
“We do need to test asymptomatic people,” he told CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “There is no doubt about that. Full stop.”
At the end of August, the CDC suggested asymptomatic people may not need to be tested for Covid-19. Giroir said the intent was to get people tested under the supervision of public health or medical professionals and to deter any overconfidence that people may feel from a negative test.
In hotspot areas, Giroir said “we need to test a lot.”
“Trust me, we want to test asymptomatic people, because as you know and everyone knows, that you can have asymptomatic people who spread the virus. And indeed, that's been the biggest issue with this,” Giroir said during a Research! America forum.