Why we still don’t have adequate testing

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  1. villox

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    Lots of speculation and hearsay.

    Didn't you get tested?
     
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    Both of my recent tests took 8 days to get results. They’re now quoting 14 days to get a result though cuomo is trying to bring that down. That makes them nearly useless. The article correctly states we do NOT have a national testing strategy.
     
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    Hmm, a friend of mine in Georgia just got tested and had her results the next day. Is this type of test available in Georgia but not New York?
     
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    It varies by state, hospital, medical facility, and lab. I’m told if you go directly to a hospital which has an on-site lab results can be very quick. Quest Diagnostics in NY is hugely backed up.You surely have seen the long lines for drive in testing indicated in the article.

    I apparently can get a rapid test at a clinic near me but it may not be as accurate as a PCR test.

    The administration acknowledged the delays:
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...9-experts-testify-house-committee/5547626002/

    Tomorrow is August. We’re at least 6 months into this pandemic. It’s unacceptable.
     
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    Have we yet reached the point where we are allowed to ask the conservative members of the board why they aren’t actually participating in this particular thread but instead throwing out BS distraction attempts?
     
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    Wonder of wonders, you will behold The Amazing Cuomo, against all odds, bring down the test result waiting times while being astonished, bewildered and flabbergasted at his Spectacular, Mystical, Magical Government Show. Then for his next trick, he will make thousands of senior citizens disappear!
     
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    Must hurt you to see one of the only competent governors in America being so successful.
     
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    https://www.sandiegouniontribune.co...es-of-health-grants-to-boost-covid-19-testing

    San Diego companies are coming up with low-cost tests with quick turnarounds. We needed tests like this months ago. Now that the community spread is so pervasive and slow test results that it makes contact tracing almost useless unless we can get faster turnaround on tests. This can help but it comes late in the game. Compare this to South Korea’s immediate coordinated national response between private business and their national government that had significant nationwide testing up and running in days with short wait times for test results. Our failed testing is really disgraceful.
     
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    Well, it was supposed to one day magically disappear so why bother with the tests and rigorous heavy lifting?
     
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    If you are going to have a proceedure done at a local hospital, they want a test run and it gets back quickly. Abbott has the short turn around test but likely it is in short supply. The other tests are collected and then need to be sent in to a lab to get analyzed. Those labs have to have the testing equipment and the trained personnel to run the tests and the means to get the information back. But there has been a ramp up to about 800K tests per day and likely there are not the labs, equipment and personnel for that level of testing causing delays in the results and it is difficult to just add a lot of additional labs with the capabilities needed over a short period of time. We got up to 750K tests per day but getting beyond that is a lot harder. We are currently doing about 2.4 tests per thousand per day and that is one of the highest rates worldwide and the only countries close are much, much smaller. One country that is close to that number per 1000 is Australia but they only have 25 million. No other country even comes close to the number of tests we are currently running.

    https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus-testing
     
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    Except that he is not. The reason infection rate got under control in NY is that they have a 30% infection rate in NYC. In the mean time they have over 32K deaths
     
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    South Korea never had a testing rate much above 0.25 tests per 1000 in a day (about 12.5k tests). We are currently at 2.4 (800K) They have done a total of about 30 tests per 1000 (about 1.5 million) while we have done about 165 to date (53 million) . Plus they only have a population of 51 million and a fairly homogenious population concentrated in a land mass the size of New Jersey. Basically one government to deal with rather than what we have. Plus they are located right next to China and have a different view of the situation. A whole lot different of a situation and much easier to deal with.

    I am all for faster test results but even once developed, you have to have the equipment to read it and lab techs capable of operating them. But unless the tests self develop (think home pregnancy test) you still have to have the equipment to develop and read them , the lab personnel to operate and read them and you have to get everything out to where it is going to be used. Likely you would still face similar hurdles to what we are seeing now. My guess is that the lab techs are the bottleneck
     
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    Most countries don't need to test as extensively as the US needs to now.
     

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