Protesters should be tested for COVID-19: CDC director
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Chief Suggests Mass Protests May Foster New COVID-19 Outbreaks
A US public health chief warned Thursday that coronavirus cases could be on the rise as a result of massive protests across the country, and said protesters should “think hard” about testing for the virus..
Mass protests, including those that took place in Minneapolis and the District of Columbia, where an outbreak of the virus was previously noted. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), speaking at a congressional committee meeting, said: “Those people who participated in these peaceful protests or protested, especially if they are in cities where outbreaks were not controlled .. . we really want these people to think well about the medical examination and testing.
“Unfortunately, I think there is a possibility that this will serve to spread the virus,” said Redfield..
Other public health experts and government officials also warn street protests could spark a spike in new coronavirus cases..
Fears of a second wave of the virus, which could hit the country in the fall, heightened fears of possible pressure on the national health system.
The CDC has requested an emergency use of the test to identify and differentiate influenza from COVID-19, Redfield said, speaking at a meeting of the House of Representatives subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies..
According to Redfield, the CDC is working with drug manufacturers to maximize the availability of influenza vaccines, and with health care providers “to develop contingency plans so that people can be vaccinated in a safe environment.”.
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