The State of Coronavirus Testing in the US

Headline Roundup March 27th, 2020

The state of COVID-19 coronavirus testing in the United States has quickly become a politicized focal point, both for White House press briefings and media coverage. Roughly 0.2 percent of the U.S. population had been tested as of Friday.

News coverage from many media outlets has framed the state of coronavirus testing in the U.S. in a critical light. Some outlets focused on fact-checking the president's statements about testing, and purported FDA missteps in preparing the U.S. for a pandemic; some right-rated outlets have focused on recent statements from the Trump administration and federal health officials that more tests are becoming available and being conducted, due in part to private sector production.

From the Left
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President Trump gave the United States a pat on the back on this week, saying the nation had done more coronavirus testing than South Korea, a country widely seen as a model in its management of the pandemic. But his comparison was misleading.

“Just reported that the United States has done far more ‘testing’ than any other nation, by far!” Trump said in a tweet Wednesday morning. “In fact, over an eight day span, the United States now does more testing than what South Korea (which has been a very...

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From the Left
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The coronavirus epidemic this week reached Beadle County, South Dakota. A single case tied to travel has exploded into 14 infections and counting, with no way to know how many were exposed while supply shortages forced the entire state to briefly suspend testing.

Confirmed cases in New York City, where hospitals have fallen into chaos as resources run thin, on Thursday surpassed Beadle’s entire population of 18,500. With too few tests for too many cases, doctors there already had been told it no longer made sense to test most ill...

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The government “system” could not hold a candle to the private sector on coronavirus testing, Dr. Anthony Fauci explained Thursday during an Instagram story interview with NBA star Steph Curry, which is why the U.S. has seen a drastic uptick in accurate and widespread test kits available.

“We have hundreds of thousands of tests that are out there now, mostly because we got the private sector involved, of the companies who know how to make it well, make large amounts,” Fauci told the Golden State Warriors player.

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