"Testing Blunders Crippled US Response As Coronavirus Spread"

"WASHINGTON — A series of missteps at the nation’s top public health agency caused a critical shortage of reliable laboratory tests for the coronavirus, hobbling the federal response as the pandemic spread across the country like wildfire, an Associated Press review found.

President Donald Trump assured Americans early this month that the COVID-19 test developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is “perfect” and that “anyone who wants a test can get a test.” But more than two months after the first U.S. case of the new disease was confirmed, many people still cannot get tested.

In the critical month of February, as the virus began taking root in the U.S. population, CDC data shows government labs processed 352 COVID-19 tests — an average of only a dozen per day."

Michael Biesecker, Mike Stobbe and Matthew Perrone report for the Associated Press March 24, 2020.


"Huge Testing Discrepancies Among States Muddles The Meaning Of Results" (Washington Post)

Source: AP, 03/24/2020