CDC/COVID-19/TRUMP ADMIN: “Trump administration officials on Wednesday [Aug. 26, 2020] defended a new recommendation that people without Covid-19 symptoms abstain from testing, even as scientists warned that the policy could hobble an already weak federal response as schools reopen and a potential autumn wave looms.
The day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the revised guidance, there were conflicting reports on who was responsible. Two federal health officials said the shift came as a directive to the Atlanta-based C.D.C. from higher-ups in Washington at the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services.”
-Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Top U.S. Officials Told C.D.C. to Soften Coronavirus Testing Guidelines,” nytimes.com, Aug. 26, 2020