As the U.S. prepares to reopen during the pandemic, authorities should be ready to retrace their steps if easing of social distancing measures don’t work — otherwise, they could be right where they started, warned the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Another concern for her is that “superbug” infections — which are resistant to antibiotics — could lead to more deaths, said Julie Gerberding, who was director of the CDC from 2002 to 2009.
“If we’re going to take a step toward loosening some social distancing requirements, then we need to observe what happens, and if that seems to go okay we can take the next step. But if we see things happen in the wrong direction, we have to be prepared to go back a step,” she told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Wednesday.
The vast majority of Americans have not been exposed to the coronavirus and have absolutely no immunity to it, she said. That leaves “most of the country vulnerable,” said Gerberding,…