Lesson From Singapore: Why We May Need to Think Bigger

By Aaron E. Carroll, New York Times | April 14, 2020

Stoneleigh Fellow Meredith Matone spoke to the New York Times about a community-level approach to monitoring additional COVID-19 outbreaks.

Many experts are beginning to coalesce around a set of benchmarks that could help determine when it might be safe to reopen parts of the country. But even though most areas of the United States are nowhere near achieving the goals necessary to do so, there has been a push to relax social distancing soon.

Even more alarming, some experts say even those still-not-yet-achieved goals aren’t close to enough. It appears that it may be time to think bigger.[…]

Meredith Matone, scientific director of PolicyLab and an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, says we may need to get away from testing to more grass-roots approaches.

“A more realistic and useful approach would focus much more on surveillance, monitoring communities more than individuals,” she said.

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