Dr. Anthony Fauci said the coronavirus testing challenges in the United States are "unacceptable — period," during an interview with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
“Right now, you have tests that you want to determine if an individual is infected for contact tracing. The weakness of that, although in some areas it’s doing fine, in others the gap between the time you get the test and the time you get the result, in some respects, obviates the reason why you did the test," Fauci said. “We got to correct that.”
Gupta explained a situation last week when he was preparing for brain surgery and couldn’t get the timely result of a Covid-19 test.
“I got a CAT scan on my patient, I got coagulation numbers on my patient, I got a cardiac echo on my patient, I was doing brain surgery on this patient, and could not get a Covid result,” Gupta explained.
Gupta asked why, after so many months, do we still have this problem?
“I could bend myself into a pretzel trying to get out of that question,” Fauci answered. “It’s unacceptable – period.”
“You a real world example of why we got to do better,” he said.
“There you were in the operating room, having to put on PPE,” because the patient’s Covid status was unknown, Fauci said. “That is totally unacceptable, and for me to say anything different is distorting reality.”
Fauci went on to say that "the ultimate goal, is that you would have a test that you could do and get a result in 10 minutes, that's sensitive, specific and can be upscaled in the sense of – you can do it any place, in anywhere."