Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic is completely out of control in the vast majority of the U. S. —the country with the worst outbreak in the world. “When you have a widespread, multifocal outbreak where many people are asymptomatic, testing and tracing are of limited utility versus public health policy measures, like mask wearing, like closing indoor crowded spaces,” Giroir told NBC News’ Meet the Press. The U. S. reported over 49,000 new cases on Sunday, not including Texas, which did not report its cases yesterday because the state is trying to update its electronic systems.
The mayor of Atlanta infamously had to wait eight days to find out she had covid-19, putting at risk the safety of everyone she came in contact with during that week. “Once the virus gets down to very low levels again, then testing and contract tracing become much more important,” Giroir said. “Where we are right now with widespread, multifocal, across many states—just like many other countries—the solution was the mitigation steps.