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US Lags Behind in Detection of New Corona Virus


US media: how the US lags behind in the detection of new crown virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued travel recommendations to residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, recommending that they do not make unnecessary trips in the next 14 days.

Domestic travel recommendations released by the US Centers for Disease Control on social media on the 28th

Regarding the travel suggestion issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a netizen said: "You should have done this four weeks ago."

 Overseas social media netizens' messages

According to the Johns Hopkins University epidemic real-time surveillance system, as of 6:00 pm EST on March 29, there have been at least 139,675 confirmed cases of New Coronavirus in the United States, with 2,436 deaths. New York State has become the epicenter of the US epidemic. Governor Cuomo announced on the 29th that the state has found nearly 60,000 confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia and 1,000 deaths.

In the early days of the U.S. outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was criticized and criticized because of frequent problems with virus detection reagents and inadequate virus detection.

On March 28, the US Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC) analyzed in detail why the United States lags behind in the detection of the new crown virus. It is reported that in the United States in the process of controlling the epidemic, the virus detection was not done properly, which was caused by the insufficient supply of detection reagents and official reasons.

It is reported that virus detection is a key step to understand the scope of the epidemic. Virus detection is actually a relatively basic detection technology, but the United States has fallen into a bottleneck here. The first reason is that the US Food and Drug Administration only approved a small number of kits for the detection of new crown virus, which have certain problems.

When the quality of the test kits is problematic, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can only redistribute the kits and propose alternatives, which delays the virus detection to some extent.

US Lags behind in Coronavirus Detection

In addition, because the CDC's kits are only distributed to public health laboratories, academic laboratories, commercial laboratories, etc. are not authorized to participate in virus testing and cannot meet the public's testing needs.

The US CDC imposed Stringent Standards

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initially imposed stringent standards on testing for new crown virus. For example, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stipulates that only patients who have symptoms such as fever, cough, and dyspnea, or people who have had close contact with patients with new coronary pneumonia can be tested.

Although the CDC relaxed the testing standards in the later period, the testing standards of the states are not uniform, which makes the testing standards still unclear. The report quoted Alex Greninger, an assistant professor at the University of Washington Medical Center, as saying, "Whether (the population) can be tested is actually determined by local policies, and different medical systems have different policies."

With the spread of the epidemic, although the United States has been working hard to improve its detection capabilities, not only is there a shortage of kits, but basic materials required for testing, such as swabs and pipettes, are on the verge of exhaustion in many states.

According to a report by the New York Post on the 27th, a report showed that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention underestimated the threat posed by the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic in the United States, and it was underestimated that it was insufficient to communicate the response measures with local public health agencies. Early response to the outbreak.

New York Post March 27 report screenshot 

The report said that the strict New Coronavirus testing standards released by the CDC in February have also been attacked by epidemiologists, who believe that this will limit the ability to track the spread of the epidemic.


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