Trump’s nonstop lies about how difficult testing millions of people for the coronavirus have been shattered. He claims no other country has tested more people and faster than the United States is complete bullsh*t. The White House press core shouldn’t let him get away with his lies on testing.
The city of Wuhan had not seen a case od COVID-19 in more than a month. When Chinese officials discovered a cluster of just six COVID-19 cases about two weeks ago, they quickly set into motion an ambitious plan to test the entire city of roughly 11 million in an all-out effort to head off a second wave of infection.
They planned to test 11 million people in just10 days. On day ten, they came incredibly close to meeting the goal. Wuhan Municipal Health Commission put the United States and the rest of the world by swabbing more than 9 million of the city’s residents and tested more than 6.5 million of those swabs for coronavirus genetic material between May 15 and May 24, according to Chinese State-owned media.
According to The New York Times, Wuhan officials demonstrated that millions of people could be tested in a short period. They went from conducting 46,000 tests a day to as many as 1.47 million tests each day The Times notes that in the United States, New York took nearly three months to test 1.7 million people, according to The Atlantic’s COVID Tracking Project.
A staggering neighborhood-by-neighborhood sweep accomplished this enormous testing and mass screening. Then they sped up swab processing by running tests in batches. They combined material from five to ten swabs and tested the pooled sample all at once. If any of the pooled swabs were positive for the novel coronavirus, officials who had collected the information tracked down the handful of people to retest them. If they proved positive, they would be quarantined. Batched testing like that used by the Chinese this works well to go through a population when cases are rare quickly.
So far, the testing campaign has identified 218 asymptomatic cases, Wuhan officials reported. Those cases are now in quarantine.
Wuhan officials using this bulk testing approach are working to “check the leaks and fill the gaps” to make sure none of Wuhan’s residents were missed.
Some residents have told the New Times they…
“Opposed the testing campaign because it forced them to have more contact with others, and put them in a potential risk of being infected.”
However, others argued that the testing offered psychological benefits as people head back to work. Yang Zhanqiu, a virologist at Wuhan University, told the NY Times…
“This push to test everyone would improve the vitality of the city and provide a scientific basis for the resumption of work; It can also make people feel at ease and give everyone some peace of mind.”