Eshoo Statement on Trump Officials Pressuring the CDC to Change COVID-19 Testing Guidelines

August 26, 2020
Press Release

PALO ALTO, CA – Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) released the following statement today after reports that the CDC was pressured by Trump Administration officials to change COVID-19 testing guidelines to exclude people who do not have symptoms, even if they’ve recently been exposed to COVID-19:

“This week, we’ve seen both the CDC and the FDA bullied into misguided decisions and misleading statements. It’s time to leave public health to the scientists,” said Chairwoman Eshoo. “I’m calling for the public release of the data supporting the Trump Administration’s decision to change the COVID-19 testing guidelines to discourage testing for exposed people without symptoms. Without transparency and science, we’re left fighting a deadly pandemic with distrust and confusion.”