COVID19 Patient in Ca. Was Not Tested for Days

Coronavirus Patient in California Was Not Tested for Days
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U.S. participation in global pandemic concerns rise as Donald Trump’s CDC’s criteria for any Coronavirus testing has been shown to be absurd.

The positive test result of the recent COVID19 patient in California sparked much of this additional concern, as the patient went untested for days.

The case id seen as a potential canary in the coalmine for their being a sizeable number of non-tested infectees now romping around the U.S., carrying and spreading the COVID19 disease-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus around with them.

Symptoms of COVID19 are known to take up to several weeks to show up, with many carriers only mildly symptomatic, and may not even go in to get checked.

NYT reports :

A California coronavirus patient had to wait days to be tested because of restrictive federal criteria, which include travel to China or contact with someone known to be infected.

Yet the patient tested positive, and may be the first person to be infected through community spread in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday…

Following mounting bipartisan criticism that the administration’s response to the spread of the coronavirus had been sluggish, President Trump on Wednesday named Vice President Mike Pence to coordinate the government’s response, even as he repeatedly played down the danger to the United States of a widespread domestic outbreak.

“The risk to the American people remains very low,” said Mr. Trump. “We have the greatest experts, really in the world, right here.”…

Until now, public health officials have been able to trace all of the infections in the country to a recent trip abroad or a known patient, and to identify the sources of exposure…

“The thing that would immediately make all of us uneasy is if this person has no direct contact with someone who comes from an affected country,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University…

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