Coronavirus Live Updates: Health Experts Testify U.S. Still Lacks Critical Capabilities to Contain Spikes

May 12, 2020

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci told senators that if the country did not adequately prepare, “then we run the risk of having a resurgence.”

RIGHT NOW – New York State health officials are investigating about 100 cases of an inflammatory syndrome in children that appears to be linked to the coronavirus.

Top health experts testify that the U.S. is not ‘out of the woods’ and warn against reopening too fast.

Leaders of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response painted a grim picture on Tuesday of the months ahead, warning a Senate panel that the United States did not yet have control over the pandemic and lacked crucial capabilities to contain an inevitable surge in cases that could arise if the nation moved too quickly to reopen the economy.

A day after President Trump declared, “We have met the moment, and we have prevailed,” the experts warned of dire consequences if states did not proceed with caution in reopening.

“We are not out of the woods yet,” said Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “but we are more prepared.”

Dr. Redfield’s remark, during a high-profile — and partially virtual — hearing before the Senate’s health committee, along with comments from Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, made clear that the country was still facing steep challenges in responding to the pandemic.


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Chris J. Stewart

Chris currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Surgio Health as well as Chief Operating Officer at Ortho Spine Partners. Prior to that, he was the assistant vice president and business unit leader of Medical Device Management for HealthTrust Purchasing Group (HPG).

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