Interesting. Do you have a reference for this please ? I haven't seen this stat before.
This probably only applies in the US, where we did not accept the tests that had already been produced from the WHO in February, - rather individual laboratories scrambled to invent their own as fast as they could over the last few months. https://www.livescience.com/covid19-coronavirus-tests-false-negatives.html
Thanks to everyone staying at home.In a pandemic situation like this, you know you did it right when it seems like a overreaction in hindsight.If it seems like you didn't do enough in hindsight.... I fear that we're about to go through this all over again with more deaths due to the early reopenings.
Good point. I think as time progress, this comparison will become less relevant since South Korea to a certain extent, has it 'under control' for the last two weeks with low teen new cases, and US is still high on active cases. The lesson learnt here is the importance of science-driven decision making, the early availability of test has enable them to successfully do quarantine and contact tracing, which helped stop the spread. As case numbers go up, the number of testing/contact tracking/quarantine will exponentially goes up. And I guess that maybe why some experts would say US needs 5 million tests daily, which is a really high number. In retrospect, the month of Jan/Feb was indeed a window of golden opportunity, and it's probably why mainstream media has been trying to hold government/personnel accountable for that loss. Nonetheless, no point of playing blame game but stay focus on saving lives, I really only hope the testing level can catch up, because as the spread continues, harder it is to catch up with the increasing numbers. If Fauci was right about the virus continues into Fall, new flu cases would make this situation even more complicated to wrestle.This is a long story. I have friends whom were invited to join WHO meeting early in Feb, and that was the first time I heard about the of ineffective CDC tests and lack of testing in US. It was worrisome to say the least. As I always say, it's time to stop all the blame game, misinformation or betting on 'feeling', and it does need international collective effort to get this under control.I agree with you on staying home--it's half of the story. It is equally important to effectively quarantine everyone who's sick in proper facilities(so they get treated early on and lower death rate), contact trace and test those around them to make sure no one else got sick. That's why testing is so important. We are not only testing those with obvious symptoms, but whomever in close contact during incubation period or asymptomatic group, so we could slow down the spread and 'flatten the curve'.