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Thu Apr 30, 2020, 04:45 PM Apr 2020

Testing testing 1 - 2 - 3 ...

Covid tests have been a point of contention ever since we learned of the first death from the disease in Washington State. That was in February and when it was reported to the Trump Administration, the CDC instructed the Univ. of WA & Seattle Dept. of Health to stop testing. There's been a lack of available tests for at least 6 weeks after Trump told Americans March 6th “there is no testing kit shortage nor has there ever been." Only this week, April 28th have we heard Trump revisit the commitment he made March 13th when he said ".. top executives from CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Target, have pledged space outside of their stores for drive-through COVID-19 testing."

The administration's been suspected of withholding tests to quash the numbers and the efficacy of tests continues to be questionable as we hear that multiple tests are often needed on symptomatic patients and that the president's son in law's brother somehow has managed to get a testing company up and running to cash in on the carnage.

As Trump announces that everybody is going to be able to get tested, it occurs to me that every individual can be tested now, or could have been tested before now and still will be totally susceptible to infection the moment after they're tested--UNLESS THERE ARE GUIDELINES TO PREVENT INFECTION. Testing is worthless and a waste of money if people aren't compelled to preserve their uninfected status.

If Trump eliminates the very guidelines that are needed free-for-all testing is pretty much a waste of time and taxpayer money.


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