The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working hard to make sure testing, contact tracing and an expanded public health capacity is in place as the country begins talking about opening back up, director Dr. Robert Redfield said this morning on CBS.
“It's going to be really important to get a few things in place: more obviously testing for early diagnostics, expand the public health capacity for early diagnosis, isolation and contact tracing. This is going to be fundamental to maintain and contain cases as they occur. And then make sure we have the health capacity to deal with this, as we work to regain the confidence of the American public that it's safe to go back to work," Redfield said.
Asked about the study saying Americans may need to social distance until 2022, Redfield said, “I think the mitigation steps that we’ve done are going to be an important component of it. I think it's really, really a moment to take a bow for the American public that really embraced the social distancing recommendations that we put forward.”
Redfield added: “It really is the American public's response to social distance and sacrifice, not for themselves but for the benefit of the most vulnerable. It's really a testament. I do think we're going to have some social distancing that's going to be a critical part of our strategy as we go forward while we await the fruits of the innovation of the different biological countermeasures to include a vaccine."