The US economy could start to re-open in May, according to Fauci
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Market Watch Reports: Infectious disease expert says rapid, widespread testing ability will be key
Dr. Fauci said on Sunday that parts of the economy could gradually start to open up again in May. But this is dependent on whether or not health authorities and identify and isolate people who will be infected by COVID-19.
Rather than flipping a switch to reopen the entire country, Fauci said a gradual process will be required based on the status of the pandemic in various parts of the U.S. and the availability of rapid, widespread testing. Once the number of people who are seriously ill sharply declines, officials can begin to “think about a gradual reentry of some sort of normality, some rolling reentry,” Fauci said.
But Fauci said that whenever the economy re-opens, people are bound to get infected. Still, governors have a lot of say as to when they will ease social distancing rules in their states. Their main priority currently is rapid testing, which the US continues to fail to implement.
Trump continues to deny continuing problems with the coronavirus testing that’s available, including shortages and long wait times for people to learn results. He’s also resistant to the idea of more widespread testing, saying last week that “it’s unnecessary” and that “vast areas of our country don’t need this.”
Most agree with Fauci that there should be a gradual reopening of the economy.
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