US Still Flunking the Testing Test

Some COVID-19 test results in the US are taking so long to come back that “contact tracing is almost useless,” Crystal R. Watson, a senior associate at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, tells The Washington Post.

In Arizona, it can take 2 weeks to get results; by then, a person may have already gone on to infect others. 

Across the Sun Belt, labs can’t keep up with demand. And the push for tests is leading to shortages in testing supplies like swabs—fundamental infrastructural problems that have haunted the US from the get-go.

Yet months in, the US still lacks a strategic approach to testing and tracing, write Onkar Ghate and Elan Journo of the Ayn Rand Institute in a commentary for The Hill.

The Quote: “Imagine if the Army tried to fend off an invasion with a small fraction of the needed troops, antique weapons and no plan. That, in a nutshell, appears to be how our government is responding in the pandemic.”


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