This lack of testing kits suggests that there are likely many more cases of the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) than what the Trump administration is claiming because the vast majority of people who have it, and who are likely now passing it on to others, have never been tested. Before you know it, in other words, thousands or perhaps millions of people will end up contracting the disease – if they haven't already – and society will be none the wiser until it's already too late.
The federal government has also failed to set accurate criteria for identifying potential Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) patients that actually qualify for its official testing protocols.
Doctors at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, as one example, say that a Northern California woman was recently rushed to the hospital with what appeared to be the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19). Hospital administrators immediately requested testing from the CDC, which refused simply on the basis that the woman had not traveled to China anytime recently and had not been in contact with anyone who was known to be infected with the novel virus.
Health officials in California were thus left to themselves to try to find out if the woman had, in fact, been in contact with someone who may have been exposed to the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) and possibly contracted it from them.
"The case has raised difficult questions about whom to test and whether the nation is prepared to keep the virus under control," reported The New York Times. "The California woman's case may also offer the first indication that the virus has spread beyond Americans who traveled outside the country, or had contact with someone who had."
Listen below as Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, talks about how a similar situation is taking place in Washington state, where potentially hundreds of coronavirus-infected people aren't being tested for the disease:
Some might say that the CDC is justified in not testing people who don't meet its two specific criteria. But what about the new case of the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) that recently emerged in Solano County, California, with no known source?
Reports indicate that a local resident there somehow contracted the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) even though she didn't travel to China and hasn't had any known contact with anyone else who's infected. Based on this case alone, the CDC's requirements for testing are wholly inadequate and need to be revised if there's any chance at avoiding a wide-scale coronavirus outbreak here in the United States.
Dozens of staff members at the NorthBay VacaValley Hospital where this individual was previously admitted have since been told to stay home and self-monitor for potential symptoms of the virus. And some, according to Dr. Bela Matyas, may end up having to be put under quarantine.
"I think the diagnostic issue is the single most important thing that keeps me up at night right now," says Lauren Sauer, director of operations at the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response in Baltimore.
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