Cuomo: Millions and millions of tests needed to open economy
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Friday morning that millions of COVID-19 tests will need to be administered if the country’s economy is going to reopen safely and effectively.
We cannot restart life as we knew it without testing.
Testing is the essential component.
The NYS Dept of Health has developed antibody testing and is working with the FDA to bring it to scale
We are working with NJ & CT to ensure we move forward using a regional approach.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 7, 2020
“We want to have it and we’re going to see if we have it. Do you need it? No. Is it a nice thing to do? Yes,” Trump said. “We’re talking about 325 million people. And that’s not going to happen, as you can imagine, and it would never happen with anyone else either.”
Trump has expressed optimism that the country could start to ease social distancing recommendations by early May. The White House’s social distancing guidelines run through the end of April.
Cuomo isn’t alone in his call for comprehensive testing, though.
“In a setting where there will still be spread and we’ll still be slowly exiting the epidemic; we need capacity to test several million people a week (and probably more) to get broad enough coverage in community to detect outbreaks early and make case containment strategies work,” Scott Gottlieb, Trump’s former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, tweeted Thursday.
According to the COVID Tracking Project, the U.S. tested about 960,000 people in the past week.
Copyright 2023 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.