“What we need to do is we need to pull out all the stops to get him down to the benchmark and keep him there doing the things that we’ve talked about – things I’ve talked about – constantly.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during CNN̵7;s coronavirus town hall.
Taking these precautions regularly is especially important, as a delay in obtaining test results makes some coronavirus tests virtually useless.
“It shouldn’t be acceptable” for U.S. tests to be so backward, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Undersecretary of Health Brett Giroir said Thursday.
While he said about 25% of tests give results in about 15 minutes, most take days. Giroir said his goal is for all tests to be “sensitive and specific and come back in 15 minutes.”
But, he said, “you can’t prove your way out,” and people should wear masks, avoid crowds, and avoid staying inside with others.
Fauci added: “If we do, I think we’ll be fine to see this under control. If we don’t, we won’t be able to make any predictions about how long it will last.”
Uncertainty surrounding the rapidly developing vaccine
Meanwhile, the race for a vaccine to protect against the coronavirus continues, and while some early data looks promising, there are still questions about vaccine development.
Operation Warp Speed, the federal government’s $ 1 billion billion-dollar Covid vaccine program, has provided funding for two possible vaccines that have advanced rapidly into advanced stages of human testing.
The head of the operation, Moncef Slaoui, said on Thursday that he would not be surprised if the vaccine was 90% effective against the virus, but Fauci said only time will tell.
“We hope it goes that way,” Fauci said. “Like we’ve said all along, you never know. The gut test is to do the clinical trial and get the result and that’s really what we’re doing.”
But people will need to get the vaccine in order to protect it, and even those who weren’t deterred by existing conspiracy theories around vaccines might be afraid even of the name of the project, Bill Gates said Thursday.
“We definitely need people to be rational about vaccines. They eradicated smallpox, they saved millions and millions of lives,” he said. “They’re very complex to design, and that’s why, you know, saying that it’s done in Warp Speed is a little scary, because you really have to do the security checks very carefully,” said Microsoft founder and co -. president of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Gates said the public should ensure that the non-political staff of the Food and Drug Administration keep the line to ensure that rapidly developing drugs are effective and safe.
Plans are put in place on the first day next to school
As the start of the school year approaches, officials are tasked with balancing public concern for children’s safety with the impact that e-learning could have on their education and well-being.
In New York City, students will return to school with security protocols for cleaning, contact tracing and distancing, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.
“We are doing everything we can to keep children healthy while ensuring we receive the education they deserve. These rigorous testing and tracking protocols will keep our students and staff safe when we begin this new school year,” Blasio said.
Philadelphia was originally going back to a school year that combined virtual and face-to-face learning, but after the setback, the Board of Education voted to provide all distance learning until November, with Superintendent William Hite promising that the change will not be removed. the emphasis on student achievement.
Districts in Florida still weigh their options, but Gov. Ron DeSantis advocates a model based on parental choice.
“I think there should be an option for parents across Florida,” DeSantis said. “Parents who prefer distance learning should be able to opt for it, and parents who want personal instruction should have access to it.”
States are trying to reverse downward trends
As parents and school districts weigh their options, state officials are studying how to reverse infection numbers by scaling.
Texas researchers estimated Thursday that just two weeks of social distancing policies reduced the spread of coronavirus by 65 percent, while states that have resisted those policies saw almost no reduction.
Illinois could reverse its reopening plan and move toward social distancing policies if the number of positive cases continues to rise, Gov. JB Pritzker said during a news conference Thursday.
Arizona is a state “on the right track” with a downward trend since early July, Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday.
“This is not a victory round. This is not a celebration. If there is anything, it is evidence that the decisions and sacrifice the Arizonans are making are working,” Ducey said.
CNN’s Shelby Lin Erdman, Jennifer Henderson, Haley Brink and Andrea Kane contributed to this report.