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Coronavirus testing is ‘a mess’ in the US, report says

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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Above, some debate exists over the accuracy of COVID-19 testing. This image was taken from a broadcast by CNET on May 6 that discussed this very thing.

The coronavirus testing process is “a mess” in the United States, one report finds. This was stated by KVIA News (ABC) within the last 24 hours. According to the COVID-19 edition of CIDRAP Viewpoint smart testing for COVID-19 antibodies is a “mess.” This report found COVID-19 current testing to be “disorganized” and suggested the employ of smart testing technologies. The CIDRAP Viewpoint is published by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. The CIDRAP is a division of the University of Minnesota. 

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CIDRAP listed the pressing issues of COVID-19 testing. The CIDRAP stated that SARS-Cov-2, which is the current medical term for COVID-19, is a “highly complex” disease to test for. The testing infrastructure for SARS-Cov-2 hinges on “fragile interdependencies,” the CIDRAP states.

This publication further stated that the scientific community needs to “clearly define” how testing should be used most efficiently.

It does not appear from current communications that the United States scientific community and the U.S. elected officials have reached that clear definition. The Federal government appears to struggle in its means of dispensing with test and treatment resources. These resources include those healthcare professionals who can be sent to the sites most impacted. 

In the recent White House Cabinet meeting on May 19, the Trump administration highlighted progress on COVID-19 provisions. 

“I have taken sweeping action to control the spread of the virus in the United States, including by suspending entry of certain foreign nationals who present a risk of transmitting the virus; implementing policies to accelerate acquisition of personal protective equipment and bring new diagnostic capabilities to laboratories; and pressing forward rapidly in the search for effective treatments and vaccines.  Our States, tribes, territories, local communities, health authorities, hospitals, doctors and nurses, manufacturers, and critical infrastructure workers have all performed heroic service on the front lines battling COVID-19.  Executive departments and agencies (agencies), under my leadership, have helped them by taking hundreds of administrative actions since March, many of which provided flexibility regarding burdensome requirements that stood in the way of implementing the most effective strategies to stop the virus’s spread,” said President Trump, in the Cabinet meeting, as quoted by the official White House Press Statement on May 19. 

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Yet, outside sources state that Federally approved resources on the ground are being cut, shifted, or limited in some respects. Alice Miranda Ollstein, health care reporter for Politico, stated on May 19 that she had obtained information that Trump administration officials were discussing a “hard stop” of National Guard service members assistance to COVID-19 management across the nation. This hard stop would come as soon as June 24. This strongly infers that the Federal response to COVID-19 does in fact reflect the CIDRAP account. It infers that the Federal resources are being disorderly distributed, and that only a decisive solution for things such as testing and treatment allocation could amend that problem. 

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