The Atlantic: Exclusive: The Strongest Evidence Yet That America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing


Despite projections of 1 to 1.5 million tests to be performed this week from Vice President Mike Pence and Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the FDA, the number of actual tests performed in the U.S. is much lower. The Atlantic was only able to verify that less than 1,900 people have received testing for the coronavirus in the U.S. As for the process of testing, the CDC sets the parameters for who can be tested. State-level public health departments, private laboratories, or the CDC are responsible for testing. The capacity to test for the coronavirus also varies from state to state. In February, The CDC had been updating the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S., but since then, it has stopped publishing the numbers all together.

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