Fauci says coronavirus tests need to double before lockdowns are lifted

Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned that coronavirus testing needs to at least double before lockdowns are lifted — even as some states have already started re-opening parts of their economies.

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 Politico.

The White House coronavirus task force member said that adequate testing should “get those who are infected out of society so that they don’t infect others,” according to the report.

He 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.”

Fauci also cautioned against rushing tests of possible COVID-19 treatments.

“We need something out there, but safety and efficacy is something we owe to the global population,” he told the meeting.

With Post wires

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