Many states begin reopening as coronavirus cases continue to climb


Administration distanced itself from a draft federal government report predicting an uptick in new coronavirus cases and three thousand deaths a day by June first and the president announced the White House task force was all we're now looking at a little bit of a different form before declaring it on again after public push back so we keeping the task force for that period of time and Mr trump is just missing the consensus of public health experts dead widespread testing is a necessary step to re opening businesses safely away by doing all of this testing we make ourselves look bad repeating his claim that the virus will disappear on its own I feel about vaccines like I feel about this this is going to go away without a vaccine the president's skepticism of public health guidance is now being echoed by many of the governors who support these models have been so wrong from day one those models keep changing so really it's not they're not very good because we did so much for testing we have more cases we were going to the hot spot and we were testing so of course are positive cases are going to increase you have to be warriors we we can't keep our country closed down for years we can't keep our economy shut down forever but sixty eight percent of Americans continue to say they are more concerned that state governments will lift restrictions too quickly then that they may take too long still with the unemployment rate now fourteen point seven percent pressure is growing and the president is accusing Democrats of slowing re opening to damage him politically they could only get because it offered me the longer it takes to a dark man the election the longer it takes to open up and joining me now into infectious disease experts Michael Oster home from the university of Minnesota and Columbia university's Jeffrey Shane gentleman welcome to meet the press and Dr so let me start with you simple question are we ready to reopen the economy well first of all let me just say that is when we say what we mean by opening the economy that's really unclear we have to we can't stay locked down for eighteen months but at the same time when you have cases increasing deaths increasing health care workers out adequate protective equipment and we're suddenly going back to what was once our normal lives that's not a safe place to be we can't do that and not expect to see a major increase in cases Jeffrey Sherman I have we squandered the eight weeks and locked down and that are or are we the rushing the re opening in that we don't have the testing and tracing program in place yet or we just squandered the eight weeks we have not used the eight weeks as well as we could have unfortunately it would have been benefited enormously from consistent messaging and concerted consolidated plan of attack for actually aggressively and proactively dealing with this virus at this point however we do have to pick ourselves up where we are and we need to start taking those measures we need to look at some of the countries that have been very successful in quashing this virus down I'm particularly point to Korea South Korea and Germany and maybe even New Zealand and Taiwan these are countries in particular when the cases of Germany and South Korea that had enormous outbreaks they flatten them the crush them down and they did this because they tested so aggressively and they use contact racing they were able to quarantine people who were becoming infectious before they actually spread to other people it's a very powerful measure it requires real investment but we already have models that show that it can work and once you've done that then you're in this position of strength where re opening the economy is not going to lead necessarily to the rebounding cases that I'm expecting given this patchwork response we have right now when the re openings taking place in some

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