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How long has Coronvirus 19 been known to exist? So I imagine the supply of test kits is limited.
Does testing positive for Coronavirus 19 change the actual treatment of patients requiring hospitalization from the “regular” flu viruses?
originally posted by: neutronflux
a reply to: Sookiechacha
Are you saying the test kit situation is static, and no more kits are being produced?
THE BIG CATCH in containing the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has been, of course, detecting it. Testing needed to be developed, and then those tests need to get all over the world. The problem, currently: In America, the rush to get testing kits out in America hasn’t gone well, with faulty kits being shipped around the country. And in China, there simply aren’t enough kits to go around.
On a Wednesday afternoon press call, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gave journalists the lowdown: Some of the kits ended up being shipped with faults and issues that deliver inconclusive results. That doesn’t mean they were producing false positives or false negatives, but that they just weren’t producing the results the CDC needed them to produce — a non-result.
Currently, only 12 labs outside of the CDC—located in California, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, and Tennessee—have the capability to test for the virus. Peter Kyriacopoulos, the chief policy officer for APHL, told CIDRAP News the testing process could be dramatically shortened and expanded if 100 Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)-member labs receive authorization to do their own tests.
originally posted by: ntech
What's really going to suck for California is when the virus gets into the LA and San Francisco tent cities.
Two or three months from now men in space suits are going to have to go through them to remove the sick and the dead and then use end loaders and dump trucks to clean up the mess left behind.
I don't think the CA liberals thought that through.