Original title: US media: U.S. government’s New Crown Virus test encountered “epic failure”
On March 17, local time, West Virginia, the United States announced the first confirmed case of New Crown Pneumonia in the state, and to date, new crown pneumonia outbreaks have occurred in 50 states .
Why is the U.S. government’s new crown virus detection capability questioned? CNN dissected the sparrow a few days ago, reviewing the process of confirming the first confirmed case in West Virginia, the last state in the United States to announce the discovery of confirmed cases, confirming the significant failure of US virus detection capabilities.
A long way to go for virus detection in a couple
in West Virginia, U.S. When no confirmed case has appeared in West Virginia, Caroline Virgil, who lives in a small town in the state, discovered that her husband James had symptoms of suspected new coronary pneumonia-Qi Panting and having a high fever, she started to learn about the new crown virus and its detection information;
she first called the officially announced hotline but couldn’t reach it;
her second phone call to the state health department, after answering a series of related questions , The other party told her that James should conduct a test and advised her to ask their doctor; the
doctor’s receptionist rejected the request of the Carolines and gave her a hotline number-this was the first time she hadn’t The number that through;
got at the suggestion of a friend, Caroline drove James to the emergency department, but the receptionist said, “We have no ability to deal with this problem.”
At the insistence of Caroline, a nurse received her. She was also given a hotline—the same number she hadn’t reached for the first time. Caroline realized that there might not be a proper virus testing program in West Virginia; the
head nurse eventually asked James to testify and eventually agreed to test it. The doctor tested all conditions and got negative results. After
excluding other conditions, he did a nucleic acid test for James, and then told Caroline and his wife to go home and isolate for 5 days and wait for the results.
After James was tested, On the fourth night, Caroline also had a fever; the , Caroline who
next day did not receive the test results took the initiative to contact the county health department, but the result shocked her-the health department had no record of James being tested; the
hospital later told She, James’s test sample was sent to the wrong place. Although it was found later, it has expired and needs to be retested!
Caroline tried to contact the governor’s office, and even planned to go to Virginia, where the epidemic was already out, for help. With the help of a senator, one of the Carolines can be tested. At this time, Carolyn’s confidence in the state’s health system has shaken.
West Virginia has updated the New Coronavirus test information since March 7. By the time James was tested, the state had performed 31 tests, all of which were negative or pending.
Later, James was diagnosed with the infection. Caroline was finally able to get tested, and the test result was positive.
US media: US New Crown virus test is “epic failure”
Prior to this, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, acknowledged before the congressional committee that the current detection system used in the United States cannot meet the virus detection needs, “is a failure”. The case of the Carolines and the couple also reflects that the US government’s ability to detect the new crown virus fully exposes the problems in the US medical field and also shows that the US government’s ability to respond to the epidemic is hugely flawed.
On March 19, the New York Times published an article “Epic Emergence of New Crown Virus Testing” in the United States. The article said that a series of failures by the White House, the CDC, and the Food and Drug Administration caused “tricky delays” in widespread virus testing in the United States. This failure also confuses people about where and how to test.
Worst of all, the article says, widespread detection is slow in the United States. Media reports clearly show that it may take several days and dozens of phone calls for the test to take place, and it may take several days to obtain the test results. Even in the second month of the outbreak in New York and Washington, some experts almost abandoned testing, saying the virus may be far beyond people’s ability to contain it.
The article argues that apart from large-scale detection of suspected cases, quarantine measures are another important way to effectively control the spread of the epidemic.
But US officials have not heeded WHO recommendations, and even though the number of confirmed cases is growing rapidly in some cities and states, quarantine measures have not been combined with epidemiological testing, and close contacts who follow confirmed cases have not been given priority. The US government has done little to isolate infected people. In some places, doctors who have been exposed to infections are still advised to continue working.
According to CNN reports, Caroline also mentioned that although West Virginia has declared a state of emergency and closed schools, the public has behaved as usual, “as if there was no pandemic,” because no confirmed cases have been reported.
The New York Times reported on the 19th that China and South Korea provided experience in curbing new crown pneumonia. The Chinese government built a large-scale quarantine hospital when it realized that about 80% of patients diagnosed could transmit the virus to their families. In terms of virus detection, South Korea has tested 274,000 people since February, while in the past few weeks, the United States has only tested 82,000 people.
CNN reported on the 21st that Russia, with a population of 146 million, currently has only 367 confirmed cases, even lower than Luxembourg with a population of 628,000. As of the morning of March 22, local time, a total of 798 newly diagnosed cases of new coronary pneumonia and a total of 8 deaths have been confirmed in Luxembourg.
The CNN quoted the WHO representative in Russia as saying that Russia began virus testing at the end of January and adopted a wider range of measures, such as tracking close contacts of confirmed cases and implementing quarantine measures. These are measures recommended and recommended by WHO, which Russia has been using. This may be the reason why the outbreak was brought under control. Multi-country experience has proven that timely detection of suspected cases is an important step in controlling the spread of the epidemic.