As many states in the U.S. see a drop in new cases of COVID-19, more and more people are more confident to go out and about as economies reopen from coast to coast.
While Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agreed that many states are ready for reopening, he also stressed the importance of expanded testing and contact tracing capabilities in order to fight off a potential second wave of COVID-19 outbreaks in the fall.
In a recent interview with “The Hill” on Tuesday, Redfield added that in the event of another COVID-19 outbreak, it would be more complicated because it would coincide with flu season.
And if that second wave of infections turn out worse, Redfield cannot rule out calling for another round of lockdowns.
When it comes steps his agency is taking amid the pandemic — Redfield said the CDC is looking to hire up to 100,000 people to serve as contact tracers nationwide, to help track down and test newly infected coronavirus patients, quickly quarantine them, and also test those who they came in contact with.
The CDC also released new data on the how the coronavirus spreads and clarified it does not spread as easily on surfaces of objects, and added that the risk is extremely low to spread from human to animal and vice versa.
The main cause of infections if still close person to person contact with respiratory droplets.
New data has come out as well from Columbia University that said that if the U.S. had ordered lockdowns at least one week earlier than March 15, and estimated 36,000 lives could have been saved.
As of Thursday, the U.S. has reported more than 1,560,000 cases of COVID-19 with nearly 94,000 deaths.