Protect Public Health By Recommending COVID-19 Testing for All Exposed

Target: Robert R. Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Goal: Keep guidelines recommending anyone exposed to COVID-19 get tested.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a change in guidelines that say people who have been exposed and lack symptoms do not need to be tested. No evidence has been put forth to back up the new recommendations, and the agency itself says it was pressured from the top of the Trump administration to make the change.

This decision came after months of President Trump pushing for fewer tests, with the reason being that fewer tests means fewer confirmed cases. Essentially the new guidelines are meant to allow the United States to pretend its pandemic is in decline. This is not productive or healthy because it will make it harder to diagnose and isolate those with the virus, and could result in unforeseen outbreaks. We need to know who has the disease in order to fight it.

Nothing about the virus has changed to make it reasonable to reduce testing. If you have been exposed and are asymptomatic, you could still pass the virus on to someone else. The original CDC guidelines said that anyone with known or suspected exposure to COVID-19 should be tested, and there is no evidence now to change them.

Politics should not be valued over public health. The world is in a crisis, and it’s important to track the virus as much as possible to stop it. The Trump administration should be taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously instead of trying to hide its effects. Sign the petition below to demand that the CDC protect public health by keeping its guidelines recommending anyone exposed to the virus to get tested.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr Redfield,

In order to address the COVID-19 pandemic, as many people as possible need to be tested. The new public health guidelines say that people who have been exposed to the virus and do not have symptoms do not need to be tested. There is no evidence to support this change in guidelines. Asymptomatic carriers of the virus could spread it, and without testing a sudden outbreak could occur. In order to stop the spread of the virus, we need to know who has it so they can be quarantined.

Public health guidelines should not be based on the political agenda of the president; they should be based on science. To protect the health of Americans and stop the spread of COVID-19, I demand that you reinstate guidelines recommending anyone exposed to COVID-19 to get tested.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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