- Washington has created mobile, drive-thru testing sites for coronavirus.
- Early returns show that most people with symptoms do not have the coronavirus.
- The US still doesn’t have proper testing in place. We need to continue with strict social distancing and self-quarantine.
As Donald Trump lags dangerously behind on our coronavirus testing needs, states like Washington are taking matters into their own hands. The UW Medicine’s Medical Center Northwest has created a drive-thru coronavirus testing site. The results so far should make you feel a little better.
according to a report by the New. York Times, to get tested, patients are screened with the following questions:
Have they been experiencing cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, a runny nose or a sore throat? Did they have a specific exposure or recently travel to any countries with a current travel advisory?
(The report states that of the patients tested as of Thursday, only eight tested positive for coronavirus. That means only 1. % of people with symptoms (tested positive.) Washington is one of the first states to implement drive-thru testing. | Source: Twitter
Dr. Seth Cohen, medical director of infection prevention at the University of Washington medical center, told the NYT that “many more” turned out to be “positive for influenza.”
Don’t Relax Too Much
Many of us with a cough or a runny nose can breathe a sigh of relief, but just don’t breathe it near anyone else. We still have to treat any symptoms like we have the deadly virus.
Maintain a social distance of at least six feet whenever possible. And if you are showing symptoms, self-quarantine immediately. While we still have much to learn about the coronavirus, we know that it’s highly contagious.
The Institute for Disease Modeling states the (COVID -) is one of the most contagious and severe flu viruses we’ve seen this century.
It’s right in line with the Spanish Flu of . That 1. % could balloon rapidly if the sick don’t self-quarantine.
The United States is Still Lagging Sorely Behind on Coronavirus Testing
It’s great that states like Washington and Colorado are starting to do drive-thru testing, but the country is still nowhere near where it needs to be.
Part of the reason why spread in South Korea has tapered off is because of their testing ability. According to NPR,
It has conducted 3, tests per million people compared to five per million in the US
We need to combat the virus by working hand-in-hand. At this moment, we can’t beat this virus unless we eliminate boundaries to resources and share our know-how and hard-earned lessons.
We can work together to overcome this global pandemic, but only if everyone, from billionaires to everyday citizens, does their part.
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