With the number of COVID cases surging at an alarming rate, which is at a loathsome 1,647,635 globally, the US leads the pack. Over 478,109 have been affected, and a ghastly death toll of 17,920 was witnessed. Governments are bending over backward to take the necessary measures to wind down the havoc.
While South Korea handled the outbreak swiftly and effectively, President Donald Trump made a comparative statement. He triumphed over the fact that the US managed to get more tests done when compared to South Korea. These numbers do not talk volumes as the population of the US is six times that of South Korea. The number of tests done per capita in the US is so much lesser than that of South Korea (74 tests per 1 million inhabitants), the overall number holds no value.
“I think the important clarification is that we should be considering the number of cases per 1 million population and considering a rate of people tested and not the absolute numbers,” said Jennifer Horney, founding director of the University of Delaware’s epidemiology program. “The absolute number of tests is not very meaningful.”
Over 2 million tests have already been administered in the US.”I’m reporting today that we passed two million tests completed in the United States,” Trump said during the White House coronavirus task force’s news briefing, adding that the tests are “highly sophisticated and highly accurate.” The Trump administration has been receiving constant slamming for not containing the spread of the virus. The neglectful act of not testing the asymptomatic resulted in the major spread as the virus had been going around undetected for days. The nurses and workers face a constant struggle to get their tests done as Quest Diagnostics, one of the world’s largest labs is overflowing with delayed tests.
When asked about nationwide monitoring, Trump said, “We want to have it, and we’re going to see if we have it. Do you need it? No. Is it a nice thing to do? Yes. We’re talking about 325 million people, and that’s not gonna happen, as you can imagine, and it would never happen with anyone else, either. Other countries do it, but they do it in a limited form. We’ll probably be the leader of the pack.” Later, Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States, stated that more rigorous testing is underway. When asked about the number of tests available in order for Americans to get back to work, Pence sidestepped the question.
Meanwhile, over at the White House, Melania Trump took to tweeting a picture of her sporting a cloth face mask.
This was after the announcement in April, suggesting that people should wear cloth masks to prevent them from catching the flu. When President Trump was asked about wearing a mask, he repeatedly stated that he wouldn’t. Both the President and the first lady have been tested for the flu, which came out to be negative.
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