We might need 20 million COVID-19 tests per day to open the economy
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ABC News Reports: 'Road map' to recovery report: 20 million coronavirus tests per day needed to fully open economy
Trump wants to re-open the economy completely within the next few weeks, but is that even a possibility? We can only reach that goal if we implement rapid testing.
In a report titled "Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience," released on Monday morning, a blue-ribbon panel of thought leaders across the political spectrum called COVID-19 "a profound threat to our democracy, comparable to the Great Depression and World War II."
Overall, the report says that ending quarantine safely requires testing, tracing, and supporting isolation.
"What people need to recognize is that a massively scaled-up testing, tracing and supported isolation system is the alternative to national quarantine," Allen said. "We all had to learn PPE [Personal Protective Equipment] and we all had to learn about flattening the curve ... now we have to learn about TTSI."
The report states that we need 20 million tests a day.
Test producers will need to deliver 5 million tests per day by early June to safely open parts of the economy by late July, according to the report. To "fully re-mobilize the economy," the country will need to see testing grow to 20 million a day, the report suggests.
As of Sunday, almost 800,000 people have been infected in the US and more than 40,000 have died.
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