Media reported that the number of new cases of pneumonia in the United States has increased significantly, and that figure has been refreshed since several states reopened. In response to the developments, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the increase in testing for the new crown virus would be in contrename, contradicting recent comments by President Trump. In addition, the infectious disease expert also proposed to speed up testing to identify the most dangerous new coronavirus spreader – asymptomatic people.
We know that asymptomatic infections are one of the biggest challenges facing the new crown pneumonia pandemic.
Last week, Mr. Fauci answered the president’s position on testing at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the Trump administration’s response to the new crown. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) made it clear that he and his team of colleagues had not received instructions to reduce testing. If there is any indication, it should also be an accelerated detection. “As far as I know, no one has been told to slow down in the testing process. That’s the truth. In fact, we’re going to do more testing. “
A few days ago, in an interview with The Washington Post, Fauci revealed that the government is working on a new test to help officials find more new cases of pneumonia faster than before.
“Some things don’t work,” Fauci said of the current testing program. Currently, U.S. health officials handle 15 million tests a month.
Officials are studying pool testing to increase the number of tests without adding to the workload. The process is actually simple. People are grouped into a separate pool, and then the workers use a single test for the entire group. If the result is negative, the entire group is excluded.
“What you need to do is find the penetration of infected people in your society, ” says Mr Fauci. The only way you know this is to scatter a big net. “
Traditional ways to combat the outbreak, he explained, include identifying and isolating cases and tracking contacts. In fact, this method is not very effective for the new crown pneumonia, because there is also a group of people withnosticsymptoms. “Now we know that the level of the virus in asymptomatic people is about the same as in the asymptomatic. “
Recent studies have shown that up to 40% of infected people may not show symptoms. Separately, CDC Director Robert Redfield said earlier this week that there may be 25 million cases of new pneumonia in the U.S., of which only 10 percent have been confirmed by PCR tests. An estimated 92 to 95 percent of Americans prefer pool detection. In most cases, if the pool test results are negative officials can eliminate a large number of people at once.
For pool testing, the lab’s cooperation with health departments, private manufacturers and others will be necessary, Fauci said.
As of Saturday afternoon local time, nearly 2.6 million people in the United States had been diagnosed with the new coronavirus, and nearly 128,000 people were registered. The total number of cases of new crown pneumonia worldwide has exceeded 10 million, of which more than 500,000 have died. On Friday alone, there were nearly 200,000 new confirmed cases worldwide, including more than 50,000 in the United States, largely related to large outbreaks in states such as Texas, Florida, Arizona and California.