Health Officials Warn Reopening Too Quickly Could Lead To Waves Of New COVID-19 Infections

Wednesday, May 13th 2020, 8:41 am
By: Rachel Roberts

Federal health officials are now warning that moving too quickly to reopen the country could prompt waves of new infections.

The nation's top health advisors and senators attended a hearing remotely Tuesday to discuss the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

During it, Doctor Anthony Fauci warned congress about rushing to reopen the country.

"There is a real risk that you will trigger an outbreak that you may not be able to control, which in fact, paradoxically, will set you back not only leading to some suffering and death that could be avoided, but could even set you back on the road to try to get economic recovery,” said Dr. Fauci.

Officials say they're working to get states the tools for more testing and contact tracing, and the CDC says more guidelines for reopening states will be published soon.

The FDA says it has fast-tracked clinical trials of another vaccine that being made here in the U.S.

Dr. Fauci told Senators we could know as early as late fall or early winter if the vaccines currently being tested are successful.