Fauci: US needs to double COVID testing before reopening economy

Without sarcasm, Trump’s disinforming claims of the total number of tests have little to do with the number of per capita tests needed. Trump says he disagrees with Fauci comments that U.S. needs more coronavirus testing. In January, Trump did not push for adequate testing.

The U.S. should at least double coronavirus testing in the coming weeks before easing into reopening the economy, the government’s top infectious disease expert said Saturday.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said the U.S. now churns through about 1.5 million to 2 million tests a week.

“We probably should get up to twice that as we get into the next several weeks, and I think we will,” he said during the National Academy of Sciences annual meeting.

Public health experts have called for increased testing to get a clearer picture of the pandemic’s scope, as well as to identify, isolate and trace contacts for infected patients.

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Rapidly scaling up testing could be complicated by supply chain challenges, and will require careful national coordination, as POLITICO has reported.

Fauci emphasized that his comments applied to diagnosing active infections and not to the antibody tests that can reflect if a patient was previously infected with the virus.

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