Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Saturday that the US should increase testing by twice as much and thinks this will be possible.
Appearing on a Covid-19 update webcast by the National Academy of Sciences, Fauci noted he was referring to diagnostic testing of the coronavirus, not antibody testing.
Fauci estimated that the US is conducting between 1.5 and 2 million coronavirus tests per week. “We probably should get up to twice that as we get into the next several weeks and I think we will,” Fauci said.
“Testing is an important part but it’s not the only part,” Fauci said while highlighting the need for identification, isolation, and contact tracing. People don’t want to be “fixated” on a number of tests you need, he said.
But officials want to “have enough to be able to respond to the outbreaks that will inevitable occur as you try and ease your way back into the different phases.”