The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) says the US needs to ramp up effective and proactive testing before the country can reopen.
Dr. John Lynch, IDSA board member and associate medical director at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, said the US needs broad and easy access to testing.
“We need to find a way to have testing accessible in a public health forum — an approach where it's widely, easily accessible, it is agnostic to your insurance status, and it is ahead — it is aggressive, it is out in front, where there are potentially no cases," Lynch said. "We have to recognize this virus is not going anywhere. There is a distinct risk that we will just bump straight back up and we'll see a brisk increase in the number of infections. As we relax these, we have to be able to respond to that."
Lynch said, “Social distancing is very, very effective. It has been amazing.” He called it a “lifesaving tool.”