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Betsy McCaughey to Newsmax TV: Contact Testing Would Hurt Economy Reopening

The Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths Chairman Betsy McCaughey testifies before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee in 2014. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

By    |   Tuesday, 21 April 2020 09:09 PM

Using contact testing to fight coronavirus would slow reopening the economy and isn't a practical strategy to combat the pandemic, Betsy McCaughey, who chairs the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, told Newsmax TV.

"Contact testing would erect an enormous barrier to even begin opening up the economy," said McCaughey, a former lieutenant governor of New York.

"It's not suited to this virus because you can get this virus from touching a subway pole or a doorknob. It's not always someone you know who has given you this virus. It can be aerosolized and someone can cough in the supermarket aisle, next to your aisle."

With contact testing, or contact tracing, a person who tests positive for coronavirus gives a list to a health care worker of everyone they've come in contact with. That worker then reaches out to everyone that person has come in contact with and might have infected.

But that method of testing isn't practical since a person may be infected with coronavirus by a stranger in a public place, says McCaughey.

McCaughey also talked about massive costs associated with rolling out that broad of a plan. She said it would take months to hire and train the number of health care workers needed to carry out such a plan. 

"By the time that you have symptoms, your most infectious period may be over, and the people who were in contact with you are already on to infecting others," McCaughey said. "For those two reasons, it's not the best way to battle this virus, and trying to do it will delay trying to open up the economy."

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