CDC Overwhelmed and Doesn't Have Capability to Keep Up With Global Testing
On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the first domestic case of coronavirus with “unknown” origin. This means that the patient had no known exposure to the virus through international travel, or close contact with a person who was known to be infected.
“At this time, the patient’s exposure is unknown,” the CDC said in a statement. “It’s possible this could be an instance of community spread of COVID-19, which would be the first time this has happened in the United States. Community spread means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. It’s also possible, however, that the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected.” The patient brings the total number of cases detected within the United States to 15.
The UC Davis Medical Center has revealed that there was a five-day delay between their request for Covid-19 testing and the CDC follow-through. The CDC is overwhelmed and having trouble coordinating with local health officials.
According to Chas Danner, the U.S. has tested less than 500 cases, U.K. health officials have conducted more than 7,100 coronavirus tests as of Wednesday with plans to test thousands more, 13 positive cases have been confirmed. South Korea has completed more than 30,000 coronavirus tests, mostly in the last week, and is fighting the largest known outbreak outside of China. And the reports from Ontario, Canada says that province alone has conducted 629 tests.
The President on Wednesday said that he does not think that the spread of the virus is “inevitable.” The day before, the CDC described outbreaks within the U.S. as “inevitable.”