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Coronavirus Spikes Caused By New Spread, Not Increased Testing: Former CDC Head Says

To date, increased mass testing has been singled out as the reason why COVID-19 positive cases are on the rise. Though it makes sense, a former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director believes that the new COVID-19 cases are for real and not because of the coronavirus testing efforts.

Dr. Tom Frieden, a former CDC director, claims that the recent surge in coronavirus across the country is a real increase. His comments come not long after United States President Donald Trump said that the spike in cases was due to more tests being carried out, Fox News reported.

“As a doctor, a scientist, an epidemiologist, I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that in most states where you’re seeing an increase, it is a real increase,” Frieden said. “It is not more tests. It is more spread of the virus. ... The numbers you’re seeing are just a tip of the iceberg of even more spread.”

Trump claimed last week that he was pushing officials to slow down testing to avoid high numbers of confirmed infections. Not long after that, White House officials said that the president was only kidding. That would, later on, be rescinded by Trump himself, saying he does not "kid."

“To be honest with you, when you do more testing, you find more cases,” the president said to CBN News. “And then they report our cases are through the roof.”

As of date, there have been more than 125,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. alone. More than 2.5 million have been confirmed positive as shown in the latest report from Johns Hopkins University.

COVID-19 contact tracing Contact tracing amid the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to help countries and communities monitor the spread of the disease and prevent new outbreaks. Pixabay

With the rise in numbers, Frieden believes that the reopening plans are to blame. He believes efforts to return to normalcy started too soon, a reason why new cases have been increasing. The elderly were singled out as the one who could be at high risk of contracting the virus. However, even young adults from several counties have now been found to be positive for COVID-19.

“What starts in the young doesn’t stay in the young,” he said. “Younger people have parents, uncles. ... We’re going to see increasing spread. That’s why the three W’s are so important: Wear a mask, wash your hands or use sanitizer and watch your distance,” Frieden explained.