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What this global health expert sees in state COVID-19 surges – PBS NewsHour

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Ashish Jha:

You know, what we did was, we looked at the best data we had at that time from China and Italy, and we saw the spread in the U.S.

And I think everybody laid out what were potential scenarios. It’s one of those situations where, then I think we acted very aggressively. Certainly, in March and April, much of the country was shut down, and we were able to curtail this.

And so I don’t know — I don’t think — I personally don’t think we overreacted. I still feel like we did the right thing in shutting down the country. The newest evidence is that, if we hadn’t done that, we would have had 60 million more infections, probably a half-a-million more deaths. So we prevented that.

Did the policy, was it perfectly tuned to every single region of the country? It probably wasn’t. But I think, overall, the response so far on that front has been right.

We just haven’t done the other stuff we need, like the testing and tracing infrastructure, that would allow us to open up safely again. We have talked about this before, Judy. That has been, continues to be, I think, an Achilles’ heel of this response in the country.

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