How ‘Broad, Ubiquitous Testing’ Can Help Restart the U.S. Economy

Country/Region  Cases Deaths Recoveries
Total 2,623,415 183,027 709,694
United States 839,675 46,583 77,366
Spain 208,389 21,717 85,915
Italy 187,327 25,085 54,543
France 157,125 21,373 41,326
Germany 150,648 5,279 99,400
United Kingdom 134,638 18,151 683
Turkey 98,674 2,376 16,477
Iran 85,996 5,391 63,113
China 83,868 4,636 77,861
Russia 57,999 513 4,420
Brazil 45,757 2,906 25,318
Belgium 41,889 6,262 9,433
Canada 41,650 2,077 14,454
Netherlands 35,032 4,068 101
Switzerland 28,268 1,509 19,900
Portugal 21,982 785 1,143
India 21,370 681 4,370
Peru 19,250 530 7,027
Ireland 16,671 769 9,233

Son dakika haberi... Bakan Koca corona virüste son durumu açıkladı 23 April 2020
How ‘Broad, Ubiquitous Testing‘ Can Help Restart the U.S. Economy
What will it take to restart the economy in the safest way possible? Rajiv Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, believes the answer is testing.
APRIL 23, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

or weeks, Americans have stayed home as much as possible to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, but social isolation has come at a huge cost to the economy and people’s livelihoods.

What will it take to restart the economy in the safest way possible? Rajiv Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, believes the answer is extensive testing. Doing so would make it possible to identify and suppress any outbreaks quickly, reducing the number of people who get sick and the number of people who have to be confined to their homes.

“Really the only way our country is going to deal with over the next 12-18 months, before there is a widespread vaccine available and administered, is going to be making sure there’s broad, ubiquitous testing available for every American,” said Shah during the TIME 100: Finding Hope virtual summit, which convened experts and leaders to discuss solutions to the global COVID-19 pandemic. “Right now, the guidelines are very, very restricted. America has probably one of the lowest levels of testing availability around the world for its population.”

In late April, the Rockefeller Foundation, a private philanthropic organization, released a national action plan to drastically scale up testing and contact tracing in the U.S., so that the country can reopen and more effectively respond to the outbreak at the same time.

TIME 100 Talks: Interview With Rajiv Shah President of the Rockefeller Foundation
What will it take to restart the economy in the safest way possible? Rajiv Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, believes the answer is testing.

The first goal of the plan is to dramatically scale up testing. “Right now, we’re stuck at about a million tests per week,” said Shah. Under the plan, the U.S. would ramp up that number to 3 million in the next eight weeks, by using university and research laboratories across the country that currently don’t process these types of tests. In six months, the goal is to test 30 million Americans per week. “That’s going to take a lot more of a transformational change,” says Shah, including rolling out at-home and point-of-care testing. “Once we get those types of technologies online, we believe it’s important to also get states and cities to come together with the federal government and pool their procurement and purchasing capacity, and project it out over a longer period of time,” Shah added. “It’s going to take leadership and it’s going to take partnership.”

Widespread testing and contact tracing have been successful internationally. South Korea confirmed its first COVID-19 case around the same time as the U.S., but the country’s mortality rate from the disease is half that of the U.S., the plan’s authors point out. One big difference is that South Korea has tested three times as many people per capita as the U.S.

“We’re putting tens of millions of dollars behind its implementation,” Shah says of the action plan. “It’s not just a report, but it’s actually a platform that cities and states can use to go ahead and access larger volumes of testing supplies over longer periods of time.”

This article is part of #TIME100Talks: Finding Hope, a special series featuring leaders across different fields sharing their ideas for navigating the pandemic. Want more? Sign up for access to more virtual events, including live conversations with influential newsmakers.




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