Updated: June 05, 2020
Sometimes COVID-19 testing (and the language used, what it’s for, etc.) can get really confusing. Luckily, the FDA just came out with a quick YouTube clip to break-it-down: “An Introduction to COVID-19 Tests”. Check it out below!
Read more in today’s Recommendations for Industry about CDC close contact definition updates!
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CDC Updates Close Contact Definition
In a new publication on contact tracing, CDC updated its definition of close contact to define the length of time of contact from “for a prolonged period of time” to “at least 15 minutes.”. The new CDC definition of close contact for COVID-19 is:
“Any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes.”
Irrespective of whether either or both individuals were wearing a cloth face covering at the time of exposure. Clarifying that the cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, CDC states, “At this time, differential determination of close contact for those using fabric face coverings is not recommended.”
Anyone exposed from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.
This update closely supports TAG’s long-held recommendation of defining close contact as being within 6 feet of an infected person for 10 to 15 minutes.
“Infected” includes both laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases.
Testing is recommended for all close contacts of confirmed or probable persons.
Those who test positive (symptomatic or asymptomatic) should be managed as a confirmed case.
Like TAG, CDC also recommends that everyone wear cloth face coverings when leaving their homes, regardless of whether they have fever or symptoms of COVID-19.
As of June 05, 2020 (12:24 ET), there are over 6,682,000 cases (>392,000 deaths) worldwide.
Due to the increasing number of cases in the United States, TAG will move from reporting counts per country to focus on the United States, please see here for the data. For further information regarding worldwide numbers, please refer to John Hopkin University’s aggregate map.
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