During a conference call, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the new coronavirus guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "political propaganda" and told private companies that want to welcome employees back to work to ignore them.
“I consider [CDC guidance] political propaganda,” Cuomo said Wednesday. “I would caution private companies against following the CDC guidance.”
In the past, Cuomo has encouraged people in New York to adhere to past CDC workplace testing guidance. But the CDC tweaked its testing guidelines on Monday saying that people without coronavirus symptoms “do not necessarily need a test” if they were exposed to the virus.
In the past, the CDC recommended that asymptomatic people get tested to limit transmission to those susceptible to coronavirus.
“It is inherently self-contradictory. It is the exact opposite of what the CDC has been saying,” Cuomo said. “So either the CDC is … admitting error in their first position or this is just political dictation.”
The CDC was criticized for saying asymptomatic people can't pass along coronavirus so they don't have to get tested.
Cuomo has insisted that private companies continue the usual testing procedures to keep the workplace safe.
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