Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on ABC’s Good Morning America Friday that the US is pushing to scale up testing for the coronavirus.
“We’re doing active surveillance in lots of different ways,” she said, when asked how she envisioned President Biden’s focus on home testing would change the fight against Covid-19. “We’re doing rapid at-home tests so people can take control of their own symptoms, to do that at home test to self-identify and self-quarantine, to potentially come forward for a PCR test if their rapid test is positive, and then we can potentially do genomic sequencing of your PCR test.”
Testing is also being scaled up in airports, she said, with tests being ramped up in major international airports including Atlanta, Newark, San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles.
She also added that there are 10,000 sites that offer free PCR tests across the country.
“We’re doing a lot to scale up testing,” she said. “And we’re really asking people to come forward when they have symptoms to get a test.”