Radical Expansion of Coronavirus Testing, Planned By The U.S.

The World Health Organization recently offered some important advice that we can all really use during this global crisis of coronavirus.

The COVID-19 is a new illness, and experts are still assessing the ways in which it can spread from one person to another.

The Guardian offers a few steps which we can follow in order to protect ourselves and the ones around us, and you can check these out in a previous article.

Expanding the coronavirus testing 

The New York Times revealed that the C.D.C. announced it would allow hundreds of laboratories to test for the coronavirus while the Trump administration said that they would be distributing tens of thousands of testing kits.

After a few weeks of stalled testing for the coronavirus, the U.S. now has enough diagnostic kits in order to test 75k people according to the online publication mentioned above.

It’s been also revealed that more are on the way, according to Alex M. Azar II, the health and human services secretary.

It’s also worth noting that the Trump administration faced massive criticism for a slow and scattered delivery of testing materials to states – it seems that only 12 labs are capable of diagnosing the virus.

Azar’s announcement on CBS’s Face the Nation came just a little after the Food and Drug Administration revealed that it was giving labs and hospitals across the country the go-ahead to conduct tests that had been severely limited to those who have been analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Improving the pace of detecting new cases 

The important thing to note is the fact that this decision should be improving the pace of detecting coronavirus infections and also make it possible to spot patterns of suspected or confirmed cases more rapidly.

Such a move is essential on the West Coast, where e few cases have been reported in the recent days.

“We’re not going to find what we’re not looking for, so lifting the restrictions on diagnostic testing will put a lot of minds at ease,” said Haley Holmer, an epidemiologist.

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