Trump is right: Testing is the way back to work and school

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The mainstream media spends very little time, if any, reporting on the successes of President Trump’s efforts to combat COVID-19 in the US. Plenty of criticism is directed at his efforts, but the real achievements are overlooked and underreported. It may seem as if the president is tooting his own horn, so to speak, when he talks about the monumental success of his White House Coronavirus Response Task Force, but here’s why he does it: if he doesn’t, no one else will.

Testing is the key to beating the virus

As Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said in a recent Senate hearing, “All roads back to work and back to school run through testing.

The president is very focused on the amount of testing done in the US and points out that the US has done more coronavirus testing than any other country.

We built the most advanced and robust testing anywhere in the world, and we’ve done more testing than any country anywhere in the world.

President Trump continues to emphasize COVID-19 testing capability and says that it is a core element of the plan to safely “reopen” America.

10,000,000 COVID-19 tests

In fact, as of this week, about 3% of the US population has been tested, or almost 10,000,000 tests have been administered since March in the US. For perspective consider South Korea, admittedly a smaller country with fewer people, but heralded as managing the virus outbreak well. South Korea has conducted, as of this week, 655,000 tests, which amounts to about 1% of their population.

The US is by far, the country hardest hit by COVID-19, with over a million reported cases, and now over 80,000 deaths. There is some speculation that the number of deaths includes deaths of patients with the virus whose deaths weren’t necessarily caused by the virus, but regardless, the numbers are higher than any other country.

Testing at 300,000 per day in the US

President Trump also pointed out that testing capacity per day had doubled from 150,000 to 300,000 per day.

Three weeks ago, we were conducting roughly 150,000 tests per day. Now we’re doing approximately 300,000 tests per day—a 100 percent increase—and it will go up substantially from that number. President Trump

The FDA has already granted emergency use approval to more than 90 different tests. These include diagnostic tests, antibody or serology tests, and now an antigen test. The point of care diagnostic tests can yield results in minutes, an improvement in waiting for results from tests that have to be sent to a lab.

According to the White House :

“New antibody tests, antigen tests, point-of-care nucleic acid testing, and genomic sequencing technologies are under development, which will enhance our coronavirus monitoring efforts.”

According to the Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Brett Giroir, the antigen tests are simpler than other tests:

This is different than the nucleic acid tests, which are very high complexity, requires the amplification of the genetic material. The antigen test really looks for the presence of the viral protein in the nose.

The antigen test will also increase the number of tests being done per day by hundreds of thousands, effectively doubling the number being done now, according to Giroir:

Do the math. That’s 9 million point-of-care tests that we will have every month in just a few weeks. It will clearly add to and, to a certain degree, transform our landscape.

Testing available for anyone that needs it

The best news of all is that testing is now widely available for those that need it. According to Giroir, testing is now available to anyone, whether they exhibit signs of the virus or believe they have been in contact with someone that has the virus.

Aid for the states

The recent CARES act bill, passed in response to the coronavirus crisis, includes $11 billion dollars for state COVID-19 testing. Especially high-risk populations, such as nursing homes and cities with high numbers of COVID-19 cases will be prioritized in the distribution of the funds.

Watch Sen. Alexander, Chairman of the Senate Health Committee talk about the importance of testing and the types of tests available in order to open up the country.

15 Responses

  1. Our President has done more for our Country than any before him.
    The liberals have fought him since day one. And yet he never s stops working for the people. Get it right. Wake up.
    Thank you Mr. President.
    Trump/ Pence 2020

  2. Our family believes that Presidnt Trump has accompished great things on many fronts including the Covid19 virus. He works long hours and provides very intelligent and experienced leadership. The Democrats will not find anyone who can even come close to the economic development and world leadership provided by President Trump. A weak economy will result in a weak nation internationally.

    Our liberal national press will ruin this nation econcomically and politically just to defeat Trump.

    Citizens—just try to imagine the existing candidate trying to acomplish what will be needed of our president in 2021.

  3. President Trump has since the beginnings of this virus done everything possible to fight it. He has closed the Borders stopped fights from and to China and close everything down for awhile for us to get a handle on this virus. Now he is trying to open up our country and get things back to normal. I believe he is doing all he can to set us on a path to recovery.

  4. What if you tested for the virus today and negative. Then on your way home from work you stop at the store and contract the virus. Now she can go on and spread the virus because she was tested neg. I would think you would need to test the workers and school children every day or at least once a week

  5. What if you tested for the virus today and negative. Then on your way home from work you stop at the store and contract the virus. Now she can go on and spread the virus because she was tested neg. I would think you would need to test the workers and school children every day or at least once a week

    1. Children are very unlikely to have the virus and if they do it will likely be very mild. If people are at risk we are still to follow guidelines .

  6. I know this is off the subject.But we all mourn the loss of life that covid-19 has caused. But I was thinking who mourns for the unborn children that die from abortions each year. I do think about that. And there’s a cure for THAT. BIG PROBLEM. MAY GOD FOR GIVE THE U.S.A.

  7. What if you tested for the virus today and negative. Then on your way home from work you stop at the store and contract the virus. Now she can go on and spread the virus because she was tested neg. I would think you would need to test the workers and school children every day or at least once a week

  8. A Person can Test Negative in the Moment. Then they go outside and come in contact with someone who maybe Positive. An hour later they can be sick. So exactly how and why is Testing the Answer? What about Temps?

  9. While testing is necessary the government does not have the right to make it required. We have already had too many of our rights taken by big government.

  10. President has done more to protect the people during this virus, and more for all the people of this nation. The democrats and fake news need to stop their lies and attacks. They do not want the people to have a free life and prosperous life.

  11. I believe our President has worked hard for us despite all the trouble the left, the media and most of Hollywood have done to try to destroy him and our freedoms.

  12. At some point, citizens have to gain some kind of herd immunity. Being locked up in your home, and going nowhere for 2-3 months breaks down whatever immunity that you originally had. My family and I somehow got this virus over Christmas when family came down from WA state. One was sick with over 101 fever. We knew nothing of this virus in December. All 20 of us got it. We all survived although some had it worse than others. The tests that are currently out, can give a false negative. My husband is very high in the Biopharmaceutical industry, and says that you can get tested every day, and depending upon the lab that provided the test, you may get differing results. Roche currently has the most accurate test, although it’s not been cleared by the FDA. Just be smart about social distancing, wearing a mask in close quarters, and wash your hands and face after you get back home, and use hand sanitizer in between.

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