The country’s chief epidemiologist warns of the need for caution when restoring a regular rhythm of life.
Leading US epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies in the Senate on Tuesday.
In addition to Fauci, three other officials are also speaking remotely at the Senate Committee on health, education, labor, and pensions: the head of the Centers for disease control and prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the Food and drug administration, Dr. Stephen Hahn, and the Deputy Secretary of health, Admiral Brett P. Giroir.
In his opening remarks, Fauci recalled the need for adequate diagnostics when solving problems related to coronavirus.
In this regard, he recalled that the National Institutes of health, which includes the Institute he heads, have recently been increasing their diagnostic programs.
According to Fauci, the center of research conducted by scientists is the development of a vaccine against coronavirus. In this regard, he noted the high pace of research work.
The head of the Centers for disease control and prevention, Robert Redfield, expressed gratitude to all health workers who are at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic.
Regarding the issue of returning children and adolescents to school, Fauci stressed the need to ensure that coronavirus testing is available.
The country’s chief epidemiologist noted that skipping through the necessary phases of solving the problem can lead to the risk of resuming the disease. He also explained that by the time school continues; the vaccine is unlikely to be developed.
Fauci warned that while the Federal government is making efforts to help develop a coronavirus vaccine, its creation will still take some time.
“The main message I want to convey to the Committee tomorrow is the danger of opening the country prematurely,” Fauci said Monday in a written commentary for the New York Times. “If we jump over the key points of the recommendations for opening the country, we are at risk of multiple outbreaks across the country. This will not only lead to unnecessary suffering and death but also set us back on the path to restoring the usual rhythm of life.”
The White House recommendations, in particular, stipulate that States should open after a steady decline in the number of positive tests or recorded cases within two weeks. However, these regulations are Advisory, and in many States that began easing restrictions last week, these criteria are not met.