President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump’s reported 0 income tax paymentsOcasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes ‘than waitresses and undocumented immigrants’Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cutsMORE on Monday announced a plan to distribute 100 million rapid COVID-19 tests to states this week, strongly urging governors to use them to help schools reopen.
The Abbott tests, which are cheaper and faster than lab tests, return results in about 15 minutes and are already widely used in nursing homes under a program set up by the Trump administration.
In the old days when we just started this you remember we’d go out and we’d have to find these massive laboratories with tremendously expensive equipment. Now we’re down to something that you’ll see that is really from a different planet, Trump said at a press conference from the Rose Garden.
The Trump administrations announcement comes as experts warn of a surge of new coronavirus cases in the fall and winter, when the cold weather drives people indoors, aiding the viruss spread.
Already, 32 states are seeing increases in COVID-19 cases, pushing the U.S. to an average of 43,000 new cases per day a 23 percent increase from the average just two weeks ago, according to a New York Times tracker.
The increase in cases, mainly driven by states in the Midwest and Great Plains, is likely due to multiple factors, including college campuses reopening, large gatherings, the lifting of restrictions on businesses and increased activity around Labor Day weekend.
The president didnt specifically address the rise in new cases Monday, but stated that as the U.S. increases its testing capacity, we will identify more cases and asymptomatic individuals in low-risk populations.”
This should not cause undue alarm, he said.
Experts disagree, noting that the increasing number of tests cannot fully explain the increase in COVID-19 cases.
The percent of tests coming back positive is above 5 percent in 30 states, indicating growing outbreaks, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Still, Trump and his administration ha e pushed K-12 schools to reopen, arguing kids are “almost immune” to COVID-19.
Given the extraordinary capacity that we have in testing today we expressed hope to all the governors today that they would particularly use these Abbott tests to open up American schools, and to keep them open, Vice President Pence said at the press conference.
Children are much less likely than older adults to experience serious illness from COVID-19, but they can still catch it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to a CDC analysis published Monday, more than 277,000 children have tested positive for COVID-19 between March 1 and Sept. 19, only a small fraction of the 7 million confirmed cases.
The authors of the report acknowledged that is likely an undercount because kids with COVID-19 are more likely to show no symptoms of the disease and therefore unlikely to get tested.