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Topic: BCO Podcast: COVID-19 Testing Confusion

Forum: All things COVID-19 or coronavirus —

A place to discuss the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on you and the ones you love.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2020 05:06PM

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COVID-19 Testing Confusion

September 15, 2020

Kruse megan

Dr. Megan Kruse is a breast medical oncologist at the Cleveland Clinic.

On Aug. 24, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) modified its COVID-19 testing guidelines to say that people who don't have symptoms don't need to be tested, even if they've been exposed to the virus. Many experts questioned the change, and on Aug. 26, the director of the CDC issued a statement saying that, "testing may be considered for all close contacts of confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients." It's the "may be considered" language that seems to be confusing people.

Dr. Kruse joins us to help clear up any confusion about COVID-19 testing recommendations.

Listen to the podcast to hear Dr. Kruse explain:

  • how she's talking to her patients about COVID-19 testing
  • how someone who is immunocompromised should approach COVID-19 testing
  • why testing recommendations for people being treated for breast cancer have to be nuanced

Running time: 9:36

Editor's Note: This episode was recorded before September 18, 2020, when the CDC again changed its recommendations on COVID-19 testing to say that people without symptoms should talk to their doctor about being tested if they may have been exposed to the virus.

Listen now or read the transcript.
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