Following the scathing report in the Washington Post about the ineffectiveness of the COVID-19 test kit provided by the CDC, there is a lot of tap dancing going on in Washington DC and Atlanta.
Because one of the compounds used in the test kit has an unspecified problem — and it’s giving inconclusive results to doctors and public health investigators.
What I find disturbing is Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar lying under oath about their incompetence — and the test kit’s ineffectiveness…
In a congressional hearing Tuesday, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) pressed Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on whether the CDC test was faulty. He denied that the test did not work.
Meanwhile in a press conference, going on at the same time… his minion Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said…
“…she was “frustrated” about problems with the test kits and that the CDC hoped to send out a new version to state and local health departments soon.”
“I think we are close,” she said. She said that the agency is working as fast as possible on the tests, but that the priority is making sure they are accurate.
The CDC said it would make a new version and redistribute it.
The US and Canada are handling this whole thing no better than the Chinese government. Meanwhile TRUMP downplays the threat, in a desperate attempt to prevent further bloodshed in the stock market.
Did The CDC Refuse To Test The First Patient?
The first person (Patient Zero) in the United States infected through community spread arrived at the UC Davis Hospital on a respirator. And in an email released to the public, it appears that the CDC initially refused to test the patient for COVID-19!
Why? Because the victim didn’t mean the CDC’s criteria for testing.
The patient, who is a resident of Solano County, was brought to UC Davis Medical Center from another Northern California hospital on Feb. 19, but it wasn’t until four days later, on Feb. 23, that the CDC heeded a request to test the patient for new coronavirus, according to an email sent to employees Wednesday by the hospital’s interim CEO, Brad Simmons, and David Lubarsky, CEO of UC Davis Health.
The patient arrived on a ventilator, and special protection orders were issued “because of an undiagnosed and suspected viral condition,” according to the email.
The hospital asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test for the coronavirus, but testing was delayed until Sunday “since the patient did not fit the existing CDC criteria for COVID-19,” the email said.
The CDC confirmed the test was positive on Feb. 26.
The Five Hoops To Jump Through To Get Tested!
Now that the COVID-19 Case is confirmed and community spread is going on… The CDC quietly added new criteria on Feb 27.
However a person STILL has to jump through FIVE (5) hoops to get tested…
Fever with severe acute lower respiratory illness (e.g., pneumonia, ARDS) requiring hospitalization and without alternative explanatory diagnosis (e.g., influenza) AND no source of exposure has been identified
- Severe acute lower respiratory illness (You’re basically on a ventilator!)
- No alternative diagnosis
- No known source of exposure to COVID-19
What The Covid 19 Testing Criteria Should Be…
Anyone with a lower respiratory problem gets tested for the flu if that test comes back negative for the flu then test for Covid-19. Then you have a better chance of identifying community spread.