Dr. Anthony Fauci says that coronavirus testing needs to at least double so lockdowns can be lifted safely — and he’s confident it will.
The US currently gets through about 1.5 million to 2 million tests a week, which America’s top infectious disease expert says is still nowhere near enough to get a safer grip on the contagion’s spread.
“We probably should get up to twice that as we get into the next several weeks, and I think we will,” Fauci told the National Academy of Sciences annual meeting, according to The Hill.
“You need enough tests so when you’re doing what we’re trying to do right now, which is trying to ease our way back, that you can very easily identify, test, contact trace and get those who are infected out of society so they don’t infect others,”
Fauci also said in an interview with Time Magazine last week that the U.S. needed to “significantly ramp up” its testing capacity in order to effectively contain the virus.
“We’re doing better and I think we’re going to get there, but we’re not there yet,”
Fauci also cautioned against rushing tests of possible COVID-19 treatments.
The White House coronavirus task force member said it is important to “have enough tests to respond to the outbreaks that will inevitably occur as you try and ease your way back into the different phases.”
Equally important would be taking any re-opening step-by-step rather than rushing straight in, he cautioned.
“Any attempt to leapfrog over these almost certainly will result in a rebound, and then we can set ourselves back,” he warned of rushing through step-by-step re-opening.
“If we don’t get control of it we will never get back to normal. I know we will, but we’ve got to do it correctly.”
“We need something out there, but safety and efficacy is something we owe to the global population,” he told the meeting.
With Post wires