Grabbing the attention of a national audience on Tuesday, a local doctor issued a warning: With every day that passes, the U.S. will tally more COVID-19 cases, clogging hospitals and emergency rooms, until more drastic measures are taken.
Harvard University professor and Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute Ashish Jha appeared on Morning Joe, telling MSNBC reporters that America needs more tests, and a national quarantine.
Sparse availability of test kits has been a major stumbling block in battling the disease in the U.S. and elsewhere.
On @Morning_Joe in about 10 minutes. Talking COVID19.
Here’s the bottom line:
We are seeing great leadership from cities and states
Testing is starting to get moving.
We are still behind
And everyone needs to take this extremely seriously
We need national quarantine
— Ashish “We super duper need testing for COVID” Jha (@ashishkjha) March 17, 2020
“My sense is we’re doing about 10,000 tests a day, maybe, across the country,” Jha told reporters.
But that number, he said, should be 150,000 tests a day instead.
Jha’s message comes after new data from China was published in the Science journal on Monday, estimating that “86% of all infections were undocumented,” and “undocumented infections were the infection source for 79% of documented cases.”
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