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Dr. Fauci Says This New Testing Method Could Stop COVID-19

In a new interview, Dr. Fauci says "blanket testing" could help identify more cases.

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to climb across the country—especially in states such as California, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, and Florida—it has become crystal clear that we are doing something wrong. After all, other countries who experienced a significant first wave of the virus have managed to flatten their curves, while the United States continues to break new infection records. What could possibly be the key to controlling the highly infectious and sometimes deadly virus? According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the solution could be as simple as making the testing process as seamless as possible. 

"We Have to Do a Lot of Testing"—Blanket Testing

On Tuesday, CNN reported that some of the biggest labs in the country are experiencing test result delays of up to two weeks, due to major outbreaks across the country. During an interview with NPR's Rachel Martin, the nation's leading infectious disease expert said "pool," "blanket,"or "batch" testing—which involves collecting large groups of samples and testing them at once—could improve our situation significantly. On Saturday, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization to Quest Diagnostics to test individual samples for coronavirus using the method. 

"Well, you know, we, were having a situation here where we're having, obviously, as you all, as we all know in the news, a considerably significant outbreak, particularly in the Southern States. So we have to do a lot of testing," said Dr. Fauci. 

"The Testing is Improving"

According to Dr. Fauci, despite the fact that test results are taking up to two weeks in some parts of the country, "the testing is improving" overall. "I mean, we've heard from Brett Giroir, who is referred to as the 'testing czar' that we have tests going out there. And as the weeks and months go by, we'll have even many more millions more. So we're hopeful that very soon we'll get to a situation where we can do a much wider blanket testing because testing is important."

Dr. Fauci also explained that when test results lag, "it kind of lessens the impact of why you're doing the test to begin with."

"So I think that's one of the important things that we need to focus on because there are some areas, not all, testing is going well in some areas, but want to make sure that when they do get tests that we get them back in a timely manner." As for yourself: To stay healthy no matter where you live, get tested if you think you have COVID-19, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), wear a face mask, practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 37 Places You're Most Likely to Catch Coronavirus.

Leah Groth
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