Health experts and the White House are at odds with the numbers of coronavirus tests that are available to states, and the numbers experts have recommended. The current government’s plan for testing includes giving states the ability to test 2% of the population. However, experts have said that at least that 9 to 50% of the population should be tested each week to make sure that communities are safe to re-open.

Vice President Pence said on April 24 that only 5.1 million Americans had been tested. The current United States population is over 300 million.  Labs are reporting problems with the supply chain needed to get the tests and governors continue to ask the federal government for testing plans.

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State and government officials eager to create plans for reopening point to the importance and ubiquity of testing for the virus. The government released a document sharing its testing efforts and plans on April 27. U.S. Senator Patty Murray of Washington State, said of the plan, “This document does nothing new and will accomplish nothing new. It doesn’t set specific, numeric goals, offer a timeframe, identify ways to fix our broken supply chain, or offer any details whatsoever on expanding lab capacity or activating needed manufacturing capacity. Perhaps most pathetically, it attempts to shirk obviously federal responsibilities by assigning them solely to states instead.”

Paul Romer, a Nobel Prize-winning economist from New York University told the New York Times that 2% testing pace, “is not enough to test everyone in health care even once, let alone to keep retesting them every day, which is what it would take to keep those who do get infected from going on shift and infecting their colleagues.”

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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