iCubate Weekly Digest April 26, 2020

iCubate Weekly Digest April 26, 2020

As businesses begin to re-open in cities and states around the country, all of us at iCubate remind and encourage you to follow the advice of trusted institutions and leaders. Here is a link to the CDC’s COVID19 site for the latest information. Also, below you will find stories about the importance of coronavirus testing.

 


 

Fauci says coronavirus tests need to double before
lockdowns are lifted

Dr. Anthony Fauci says that coronavirus testing needs to at least double so lockdowns can be lifted safely — and he’s confident it will.

The US currently gets through about 1.5 million to 2 million tests a week, which America’s top infectious disease expert says is still nowhere near enough to get a safer grip on the contagion’s spread.

“We probably should get up to twice that as we get into the next several weeks, and I think we will,” Fauci told the National Academy of Sciences annual meeting, according to The Hill.

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America needs universal COVID-19 testing

One of the keys to reopening the economy is having enough tests to diagnose coronavirus infections, with the goal being to quickly identify new cases, isolate them, and track down others who may have been exposed.

“We’ve done such a good job of social distancing that we expect the rate of immunity to be quite low, which means we would expect there to be, over the course of the next several months, periodic outbreaks of the disease,” said Dr. Christopher Woods, a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Duke University. “But now we hope to have the diagnostic tools and the public health tools to contain those outbreaks as they occur.”

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If We Can’t Test Everyone for Coronavirus, This Is the
Next Best Thing

We are flying blind in the fight against Covid-19. The number of cases is surely much greater than what we see and what is being relied on to provide direction for devising and implementing policy.

But is the true number two to three times higher, as some experts say? More like 10 times, as other analysts calculate? Or perhaps as much as 50 to 100 times higher, as indicated by early random testing in Iceland, a population study of Vò, Italy, and some recent results in California?

Every day, national leaders, governors, mayors and public health officials are making decisions that are among the most consequential of our lives, with the agony compounded by the magnitude of the unknowns. If we knew more, we could markedly improve health resource allocation and decisions about where, when and how we can safely reopen parts of the economy.

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