Obama: "Robust system of testing and monitoring" needed before U.S. can ease lockdowns

“Social distancing bends the curve and relieves some pressure on our heroic medical professionals. But in order to shift off current policies, the key will be a robust system of testing and monitoring — something we have yet to put in place nationwide,” Obama wrote in a tweet Wednesday morning.

Guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that “decisions about testing are at the discretion of state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians,” and Trump has not floated the idea of a national system for testing and monitoring people stricken with the virus, like China and South Korea are doing.