- Dec 12, 2018
As some governors consider easing social distancing restrictions, new estimates by researchers at Harvard University suggest that the United States cannot safely reopen unless it conducts more than three times the number of coronavirus tests it is currently administering over the next month.
An average of 146,000 people per day have been tested for the coronavirus nationally so far this month, according to the COVID Tracking Project, which on Friday reported 3.6 million total tests across the country. To reopen the United States by mid-May, the number of daily tests performed between now and then should be 500,000 to 700,000, according to the Harvard estimates.
Coronavirus Testing Needs to Triple Before the U.S. Can Reopen, Experts Say (Published 2020)
As some governors look to ease coronavirus restrictions, public health experts say the country needs at least half a million tests per day to safely reopen.