Experts say the plan to distribute 1 billion tests is a good first step, but it must become a regular part of the pandemic response.
Americans will be able to either purchase home testing kits for free under their insurance or submit receipts for the tests for reimbursement.
No other details were immediately available, including whether the man was vaccinated against COVID-19 or if he had been traveling. Health officials said contact tracing was underway.
The care Trump is likely to receive in the coming days will set him apart from most people who’ve contracted the virus, a disproportionate percentage of whom have been Black, Latino, or low-income.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly revised its coronavirus testing guidance to excluse asymptomatic people.
“We know there are people who are sick and not getting tested. The more testing we have in the community, the better.”
Biden’s plan would include federally-funded testing and PPE for all workers called back to their jobs, guaranteed paid sick leave for workers affected by COVID-19, and the creation of a contact tracing jobs program of at least 100,000 workers.
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