How does US stop the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases?

Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, speaks out about what Americans can do to get the coronavirus pandemic under control.
2:36 | 07/01/20

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George. Matt Gutman, thanks very much. Let's bring? Dr. Ashish jha. Welcome back, good to have you again this morning. That warning from Dr. Fauci is just so stark. What's it going to take for it not to come true? That is where we're headed. There are things we can do. We need every state to have a mandatory mask law. I just think we can't dither around on masks. Everybody needs to be wearing one when outside of their home. Second is I think we just can't right now afford indoor gatherings so no bars, I don't even know if we can keep restaurants open, certainly not nightclubs. We have to get serious about that and have to keep pushing on testing and tracing, George. Our third and one of our most powerful tools. If we do all of that we can afford the fate that Dr. Fauci How about stay-at-home orders. You see governor Abbott in Texas and governor Desantis in Florida resisting that That's the last thing, right? If nothing else works, then you have to essentially shut the state down and I think all of us have been warning for the last four to six weeks that we've got to get on top of this because otherwise we'll find ourselves with unappetizing choices and stay-at-home order in my mind is that last thing that you do when nothing else has work fundamental we saw pictures of people out on beaches. Talk about the difference between the chances of getting covid outside versus getting them inside. Yeah, there's pretty good evidence at this point that it's much safer to be outside than it is indoors which is why closing beaches has not actually made that much sense to me. If beaches get super packed that can be a problem. If we can keep beaches from getting extremely packed I think it's great to be outside and would like to see people out on the beaches. I think it's relatively safe. All hoping for a vaccine. Hoping for it soon. Where are we on that right now and what is it going to take to convince Americans that it'll be Yeah, so this is the thing. We are racing along. I think we're doing an unbelievable job. Nothing like this has ever been done in world history. We have scientists around the world working on this. The key is as you said is that we're going to have to make sure that people know it's safe and the best way to do that is to run clinical trials with large numbers of people including older people including kids so we know it's safe in those populations and watch people long enough to look for any bad events that might pop up. If we sort of cut corners on those things, I don't think we'll create the confidence people need. We have to do it right. Dr. Jha, thanks for your time this morning. Thank you.

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