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Harvard researchers say in order to re-open economy U.S. must increase testing immediately

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Posted at 9:38 AM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 12:38:41-04

A new academic article says the U.S. must more than triple COVID-19 testing to safely re-open the economy.

Researchers at Harvard's Global Health Institute and School of Public Health say the goal should be at least 500,000 tests a day. As of now, the number's are closer to 150,000.

Researchers say the percentage of positive tests is still too high as of now which indicates that the U.S. does not have a grasp on the severity of the COVID-19 crisis.

The World Health Organization has suggested that an adequate test positive rate should be between three and twelve percent and it reports that in the U.S. it's still sitting around a 20 percent.