Epidemiologist: You’re 20 times more likely to get COVID-19 indoors

Infectious diseases expert Dr. Blythe Adamson discusses the CDC’s guidelines and explains why we need to scale up coronavirus testing now.
3:48 | 09/23/20

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The US has just reached a grim milestone live now more than 200000 Covert nineteen deaths and with the Centers for Disease Control. Ever changing guidelines there are still questions about who. Should get tested and win let's bring in doctor Blake Adams and a former member of the White House corner virus task force was now advisor to. Testing for America to nonprofit established. To salt the testing crisis doctor thank you so much for being here and I I've won a start with a photo with image from just yesterday in Pennsylvania. President from having a huge rally lots of folks there are not a lot wearing masks some wearing masks but. I just want your reaction in the work that you do to see images like that what do you think when you see. I think I hope that that was outdoors ask. You one of the things that we've just learned recently. And published in new study today clinical infectious diseases is that being indoors your twenty times more likely. To catch truly from an infectious person and if he were around them outdoors. And outdoor rally like you say that's better than indoor but still not necessarily ideal and here we are this pandemic we're six. Plus months in and we're still having debates and back and forth. About testing. And some of that comes from the CDC even has had several major. Reversals of some of their own policies if you willing guidelines. What kind of damage it is that doing. So you know obviously we need be testing anyone with symptoms we are testing people who had close contacts. And now it's a challenge for policy makers to figure out how are we going to most actively use test or asymptomatic people. That's where some of the controversy has been stirred up. And you if we really want kids back in school and we want businesses open. And we have to figure out who is most at risk and who do you really want to you have the assurance that. They are negative it's safe to going to work its seek to go into school. And that's why new testing protocols. Are becoming so much more important report group gatherings Orix U college campuses return. You were on the White House score of ours task force and has been a lot of talk. Politics involved in the pandemic which it shouldn't be sold this is not a question about politics how has the task force. How has it handled the pandemic and you're opinion and I know there's always room for improvement and what would you like to see. Improved upon as we go forward. Well in viral on that it first hospital resilience. You know I think so much of it was adapting and learning as we go. And it now looking forward. I think as we learn more about the transmission dynamics understand how this is really passing through a year. And we're not seeing as much evidence of transitions coming from touching things as he got the beginning. I think that going forward we have to be flexible and adapt. So as we learn more about the science really changed our public policies so that they maxed about science so that work. Testing people strategically who we think are probably likely to be inspected or. Could become super spreader to be sure that that they are really negative before interacting with others in the community are. Tiny restaurant. Are getting on a plane. But there's just a lot of work for us to continue to do over the next couple line accent you as we move forward it's flu season. It's it's even more important that we are able to distinguish between. Viral infection that's an excellent that worker on the backs. My goodness yes flu season upon us a lot more work to be done doctor Adams a is really really. Good to have you hope you all certainly come back we appreciate your work your information. So what hopes do get. AT.

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