Texas Governor announces state will allow some businesses to reopen Friday

Dr. Vivek Murthy, former U.S. surgeon general and member of former Vice President Joe Biden’s public health advisory committee, discussed what states need to do before they can safely reopen.
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The governor of Texas announced his date will allow some businesses to reopen on Friday joining a growing number of states. That have begun to implement phase three openings here to share his views on what states need to do before they can safely reopen is former US surgeon general. And member vice president Biden's public health advisory committee doctor very bake more faith. Doctor thanks for being with us and you know and we know a number est easing the rules beginning to slowly reopened. Do you believe that we are ready to do this. Didn't most seats in the country we are so not at the point where were equal spoken Sieckmann. This is yeah admit everybody wants silt. We're all struggling and hurting in various ways you've got to open up quickly pit you gonna make sure that keep things are happening before reaching. That the number of new cases is declining significantly and purple your time. That we also habit testing. Contact tracing and hospital surge capacity so we can't get eye infections and treat them escape they develop further. Doctor Martha let's talk about testing because the president unveiled his plan to help states with that yesterday it would send a not tests to screen at least 2% of their residents but. A Harvard study suggests in order to reopen the country two to 6%. Of the population will need to have. Tests each day what is your opinion. Who's right now we know we're doing I just attraction that tests that we need to be doing each day. We need to be closer to a million tests and gave it were able to perform. And it's just and number that's important it's also the distribution. And should at all parts of the country access to the tests that the turnaround time it's quite. If you don't have that an excellent it's essentially Clinton bind we're in the opening up without the ability to effectively detect where infection may be circus. We can't detect it we can't contain it but she's it will spread more quickly and that's unfortunate what happened the beginning at this surge in the state. And you have a new book that's out today it's fairly appropriately named given the times we have it's called together. And it's about the power of human connection well right now. We're all coping with the loss of our typical social lives so talk about. What effect that can have on us if we lose that human connection looking to do to our health. Q what did it most surprising things I learned when searching general from talking to people across the country. But just how common and consequential loneliness sixth in so many of our lives over 22% of adults in the United States struggle with Communist. And people who were Communists have an increased risk. The heart disease dementia depression anxiety. Premature death and he didn't fragmented sleep. So this is powerful implications for our help but he's a bright side to it as well which is I realize that human connection. Our relationships are an extraordinarily powerful resource and our rights. He can needlessly be healthier to perform better in the workplace and school when he and dialogue more back to cleaner communities. Which we could sure use just about now we still won't even though we are and admits that his social distancing. Experience that is that can sinus to a social recession. I believe me the opportunity to engineering and social revival in our lives and society probably. I love that the positive side you actually have four strategies to help avoid loneliness during these times what are neck. Two quite simply sending fifteen minutes in game in which someone that you you hear its owner video conference he's a powerful way to create a life slanted sat world. Second making sure that the tiny but people counts minutes high quality care reducing distraction particularly from our devices he's essential. And third looking for ways to serve. He's so essential because I realize in the writing this book that service is a powerful antidote to Communist. That shifts its focus from us as someone else. And also it reminds us of your value to print them. And finally solid team. It's essential particular moment upheaval right now that we embrace. A few moments of solitude during our game time beach and allowed it always around this to settle. But we can refocus and re ground ourselves. Incredible advice I just love listening to the sound if your boy voice clarity feel more peaceful and connected document make northeast thank you so much for being with us today. Thank you so much speak to be with you.

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