“We need to realize that this is a long haul but I think we need to take as it comes because so much will evolve. If some of these drugs that we’re testing make a difference, that will be a new tool in our tool chest,” Dr. Acton said at DeWine’s March 19 press conference. “You’re going to see us take the best science, which is the non-pharmacological interventions – those four things I mentioned, the early targeted layers interventions —…that’s what we’re deploying right now. But that will depend on so many different factors. The other thing, and you’re going to watch China go through this right now, how do you exit? How do you peel back those layers without creating a surge of infections? I beg we have a lot of ideas.”
Ohio law gives state and local health departments the authority to order quarantines and isolations – orders that may be enforced by a long list of authorities, including police.
Marc Lipsitch of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health said blood tests are being developed to determine who may be immune to coronavirus and able to return to work.
Dr. Amy Fairchild, dean of the Ohio State University College of Public Health, said more COVID19 testing capacity would help limit the time Americans spend under shelter-in-place orders because infections could be identified and isolated more quickly.
Dr. Fairchild said a COVID19 vaccine probably won’t be available until next year under the best case scenario.