Foreign Policy’s “Don’t Touch Your Face” podcast welcomed Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, global director of ICAP, as a guest on its April 20 episode about what needs to be done before the COVID-19 lockdowns are lifted.
“There’s the need to be building an infrastructure and a capability to be able to respond and continue to respond to this epidemic moving forward. One of the ways of being prepared to respond is to increase the capacity for testing. The numbers we see are the numbers of confirmed cases. In many parts of the world, it is only people who are quite sick that are getting the opportunity to get tested. Having the capacity to test more people and loosening up the requirements for testing will be very important. The public health capacity to be able to mobilize and track every case, to do contact tracing, and to make sure that people who are infected or their contacts are able to be isolated or quarantined over time.”