FDA Authorizes New Test That Detects Coronavirus In About 45 Minutes. To Be Shipped in A Week
4This is good news
The news of the efficient testing kits has come at a right time when the medical community is desperately seeking faster ways of obtaining results to halt the onslaught of the coronavirus. SR Rod Hochman, CEO of Providence St Joseph Health, that runs 51 hospitals and 1,000 clinics said that the testing infrastructure of the US is presently very deficient. The time taken to get results is anything between 24 hours to 4 days which he feels is completely unacceptable.
5Slower diagnosis increases risk of community spread
Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of National Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine also stated to reporters that if infected patients aren’t identified fast, it increases the risk of community spread that is also unchecked. This could then overwhelm the national medical system just like it did in Wuhan China who was almost swamped with the intense increase in cases overnight which they aren’t ready for in the initial days of the disease.
6The virus is increasing in the US
On the Saturday news briefing, VP Mike Pence announced that the number of Americans who have been tested for the coronavirus is more than 195,000, yet the number of positive cases is now 29,500 and growing. Half of that number has been confirmed in New York. The numbers he stated did not include county hospitals or healthcare laboratories around the country. On Saturday Pence revealed that only 19,343 tests showed positive.
On that note, health officials are advising that citizens should show some discretion before wanting a coronavirus test. Tests should be done on people who display symptoms of the disease and not for those who have no symptoms at all. Perhaps given the present scare of the disease, panic maybe one of the biggest reasons for many wanting to get tested who have no signs of the virus just to be on the safe side.