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Newt Gingrich: US Must Get Ready for Second Wave of Virus

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By    |   Monday, 06 April 2020 08:20 AM

The United States must prepare for a second wave of coronavirus, and that means much more investment in tests and therapies, and devising a "methodical approach" that looks at individuals rather than huge populations, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday. 

"Places like Sweden, which are focused on individuals, or Singapore, or South Korea have done a much better job with much-less economic damage," Gingrich said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "That's got to be part of our phase 2...think through how you can have a healthy economy by preparing in advance to test and isolate people so if there is a second wave we can handle it better than we handled this shocking first wave."

Gingrich is in Italy with his wife, Callista, the ambassador to the Holy See, and said President Donald Trump's pledge to help Italy was "very well-received."

But in Italy, the government had to "go to a very strong regime" to get coronavirus under control, said Gingrich, after having been "affected in part because there are about 100,000 Chinese in northern Italy" and flights continued into Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus, three times a week that weren't cut off.

Meanwhile, the economy can be helped to rebound by restarting it as soon as possible. 

"I will say that the small business program that they have developed is a very important bridge," said Gingrich. "You have to think of it as a bridge back to helping small businesses develop the right approaches."

He added that the epidemic was "a great shock to us, and now we have to roll up our sleeves. One of the keys to that is helping small businesses not only with a bridge loan that becomes a grant if they keep their employees, but also thinking through by the middle of summer how we get people back to work, get restaurants open and get people in a position where they can be with each other without fear."

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