Dr. Rochelle Walensky told CNN’s John Berman Wednesday there have already been "numerous meetings" around a new coronavirus variant identified in the UK.
If Walensky, the incoming director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were advising the President today, she said the conversation would involve limiting mobility.
“One thing I should really just mention is we have been saying loud and clear to the entire American people, we need to be limiting our mobility, period. And whether we think about it from the UK, from European countries, from South Africa, we need to be limiting our mobility,” said Walensky, chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The real question now, she said, if there is concern about a specific strain, is what is the best way to control it so that it doesn’t explode in other places?
One way “might be to ban travel,” Walensky said, but there are other strategies as well, including quarantines upon arrival, testing around arrival or some combination.
I think it’s really important to understand which of those strategies or combinations of those strategies is going to limit the spread,” she said. “It’s not clear yet that banning travel is going to be the one, especially since we’ve been saying limit your mobility already.”
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