US medical advisor admitted wrong testing strategy 5

US medical advisor admitted wrong testing strategy 5

Leading US epidemiologist Fauci believes that the current testing method is ineffective and a pooled testing strategy similar to Wuhan can be considered.

`Something is not working,` Anthony Fauci, the White House’s top epidemiologist, said on June 26 about America’s current Covid-19 testing strategy in an interview with the Washington Post.

When asked what was wrong here, Fauci said that the US has had difficulty identifying Covid-19 infections among asymptomatic people and young people, so as a result it is difficult to quarantine individuals.

He said the White House’s Covid-19 response strategy advisory board is `seriously considering` new testing measures, admitting that the current testing strategy is not appropriate.

Although US President Donald Trump has repeatedly downplayed the need for increased testing, the number of infections that have continuously increased in the US recently shows the government’s inability to control the epidemic.

US Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Covid-19 committee, announced at a press conference on June 26 that `all 50 states and territories in the US are gradually opening up safely.`

Medical staff took samples from people in Wuhan in May. Photo: AFP.

A source close to the White House’s anti-Covid-19 task force said that internal conflicts are arising within the group over the testing strategy.

Some people feel the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did not handle testing well from the beginning.

Pooled testing, which means mixing samples from multiple people together into one group, then testing the pooled sample.

How to test is a headache for the US government when dealing with the pandemic.

This strategy was reviewed by the White House’s Covid-19 response task force after the US Food and Drug Administration issued recommendations for mass testing earlier this month.

`What needs to be done is to find infected people in the community,` Fauci said.

Earlier this week, Brix said many countries were using pooled testing and said this approach could expand understanding of how and where the virus spreads.

`We’ve increased testing from 1,000 samples a day to over 500,000 samples a day in less than three months, but we still need testing innovation and I think it’s not just about doing more testing,` Brix said.

The US currently records more than 2.5 million infections and nearly 128,000 deaths due to nCoV, while Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield estimates the actual number of infections is 10 times higher than expected.

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