Instead of conducting mass checks of Americans with symptoms, Trump closes transport links with Europe due to coronavirus
According to official statistics provided by the CDC, in the first two days of this week, less than 80 people were tested for coronavirus infection. The US President, Donald Trump, instead of providing medical facilities with the resources to conduct more intensive population screenings, decided to cut off travel with Europe.
“Stephen Redd, MD, head of the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, in testimony on Wednesday revealed that the total number of people tested for the coronavirus by the CDC was 1,784. That means that, as of Wednesday morning, the CDC had tested only 77 people for the coronavirus since Sunday. According to a CDC spokesman, the number that had been tested as of Sunday was 1,707,” reports Yahoo News.
According to Redd, testing the 320 millionth US population is impossible.
Despite the assurances of the Department of Health and the CDC that “they can” test more than 75 thousand people, these words are not confirmed in practice. According to the COVID Tracking Project, March 11th, “7,617 cumulative people tested here in the US by tallying individual state reporting. That's up from 4,889 yesterday.
Here's our daily update for 3/11: we have tracked 7,617 cumulative people tested here in the US by tallying individual state reporting. That's up from 4,889 yesterday.— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) March 11, 2020
NOTE: We cannot capture all negative tests because not all states report them. https://t.co/BS0es79Hew
Although the death rate due to COVID-19 in comparison with conventional flu, from which more than 20 thousand Americans died last year, today does not exceed the indicators, the speed with which the virus spreads shows the helplessness of the American system in front of this kind of threat.
The US government, realizing that public health facilities are not able to maximize results, seek help from private health facilities to fill the gap.
According to official statistics, in the US there are already more than 1300 infected, of whom 38 people died.
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