The administration of Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to announce a new guide to risk-based coronavirus testing, a strategy he believes could yield beneficial results.
“If you have a lot of testing to stop the spread, it just won’t happen,” DeSantis said he said along with state chief surgeon Joseph Ladapo at a news conference on Tuesday.
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Ladapo added that “risk factors” are “a key element in determining whether a test can really make a difference.”
“In fact, for young people who have no risk factors or who are undergoing a third test in a week … these conditions not only improve clinical outcomes, but sometimes worsen clinical outcomes,” Ladapo explained. “Unfortunately, the federal government has made the situation even worse. A great example of this is all healthy children who are positively tested or infected with COVID-19 and eventually drop out of school. A week, 10 days or two weeks . “
Ladapo accused the Biden administration of trying to create a “fantasy” that “some way can stop this epidemic by conducting more tests”.
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“I expect more people to realize that this is a complete failure,” Ladapo said. “Now publications have been published showing that all those closures and quarantines are harming children. And it’s a shame. … It’s unacceptable. And we’re stopping it in Florida.”
The new guideline in Florida came at a time when Americans across the country are struggling with a lack of coronavirus testing at a time when omicron variant cases are on the rise.
The Biden administration recently announced this month that it had purchased 500 million kits to be distributed to American households. But some, including Dr. Benjamin Mazer, in an article published in the Atlantic this week, argue that the shortage is due to people unnecessarily testing themselves.
“Move on mimosas, because America has a New Year’s tradition: fight to get tested for COVID before going back to school or work,” Mazer wrote. “The system has failed us: insufficient public investment in the country’s test infrastructure has exacerbated congestion. But we can also help alleviate it by staying out of the way as much as possible and clearing the way for those most in need of results.”
Biden, who has clashed with DeSantis on child blocking, masking and distance learning several times during the year, has had problems with the White House re-equipping Florida testing procedures. previous call A “get out of the way” for DeSantis and other Republican governors.
“As the president said earlier, if leaders don’t want to help the American people fight the virus, they have to go the wrong way,” a White House spokesman said. he said Miami Herald. “Tests remain a key pillar in identifying the virus and stopping its spread; leaders must unite around it, not break it.”
At a news conference on Tuesday, DeSantis also called on the Biden administration to offer Florida residents more monoclonal antibody treatment.
“Before the federal government took over the monoclonal market, Florida successfully distributed about 30,000 doses per week when we managed our supply,” DeSantis said. he said Monday. “There are more than $ 800 million in the state to expedite the treatment of monoclonal antibodies across the state, and the only thing stopping us is that there is not enough treatment by the federal government.”
“After failing to eradicate the virus, the Biden administration realized there was no federal solution to COVID-19, and loosening the federal link to these effective treatments is a good first step.”