COVID-19 testing capacity outpacing desire to get swabbed

As covid cases surge so is the number of options to test for coronavirus infection.

10/17/2020 3:21:00 PM

The Trump administration says more than 120 million tests will be available in October nationwide, but far fewer Americans are actually being tested.

As covid cases surge so is the number of options to test for coronavirus infection.

over the summer that he told top officials to"slow the testing down, please."Lengthy processing delays in some areas during the late summer months are also said to have compounded the impression that not everyone who wants to get tested could get tested.

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ABC NewsAdmiral Brett Giroir, the Trump administration's testing czar, says cheap, fast at-home coronavirus tests could become reality in 2021 but that the technology is not yet accurate or sensitive enough in detecting infection.Admiral Brett Giroir, the Trump administration's testing czar, says cheap, fast at-home coronavirus tests could become reality in 2021 but that the technology is not yet accurate or sensitive enough in detecting infection.

"We definitely want people to be tested," said Giroir."If you're symptomatic you need to get tested. If you've been in close contact with a person known to have the disease, you should get tested," Gioir told ABC News Live."We need to have many individuals tested on a routine basis who are asymptomatic with no known exposure. We call that surveillance testing."

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"We have extra capacity as well. So this is all designed to have scale-up capacity to 100,000 samples per day," Turner said. The company handles nearly 10% of the nation's daily coronavirus tests.ABC NewsCurative uses the gold standard PCR testing method to detect coronavirus infections, offering results in 48 hours or less.

Curative uses the gold standard PCR testing method to detect coronavirus infections, offering results in 48 hours or less.About 40% of people infected with COVID-19 don't have symptoms, according to the CDC. Catching many of those cases through a much more aggressive testing regime could help the country return to normal activities more quickly -- especially if those tests can be done regularly at home, some experts say.

"If we give everyone the knowledge of their own status, if people know the day that they start to become transmissible that they are positive, then we can get enough people to then choose not to go to work that day, not to go to school that day, but to stay home," said Dr. Michael Mina, an epidemiologist and expert on testing at Harvard University School of Public Health.

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MORE: Trump falsely cites CDC data on mask-wearing, catching COVID-19Mina has been a leading proponent of making COVID tests as routine as brushing your teeth or putting in your contact lenses. He says inexpensive paper strip tests, which are still under development, would not require a lab and would give results in minutes instead of days.

"I think that we can have these tests, have them be available for very private use, if that's what it takes, because we know that a lot of people don't want to participate in these bigger systems for various reasons," Mina told ABC News.

ABC NewsDr. Michael Mina, an epidemiologist at Harvard University, says if the nation performed 20 million coronavirus tests a day, outbreaks around the country could be brought under control within a month.Dr. Michael Mina, an epidemiologist at Harvard University, says if the nation performed 20 million coronavirus tests a day, outbreaks around the country could be brought under control within a month.

Companies designing at-home tests, like Massachusetts-based e25Bio, told ABC News they're able to manufacture millions of tests a day and could have them widely available immediately."We should probably be doing something like 20 million tests per day if we want to use these tests as a tool to stop transmission," said Mina, who estimated outbreaks could be brought under control within a month if such a testing program was started immediately.

The federal government isn't sold on the idea. The Food and Drug Administration has concerns about accuracy and sensitivity of the paper strip tests. There's also concern the tests' higher rate of false negatives could breed a false sense of security. Applications to roll out the tests remain under review.

ABC NewsCard-shaped coronavirus rapid tests by Abbott, which do not require a lab, cost $5 a piece and provide results in 15 minutes.Card-shaped coronavirus rapid tests by Abbott, which do not require a lab, cost $5 a piece and provide results in 15 minutes.

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Maybe some people are actually realizing that testing by itself is not the way to reduce the spread of Covid. Maybe because we're not sick? And the majority of Americans believe your reporting Not! Common Sense still exists! Clean up your cover ups CNN, ABC, NBC! Americans are loosing more & more respect from y’all! Wolf Blitzer was once a truly respected journalist...Pelosi should have been silenced

Because it’s not necessary. Who the hell cares nobody should be getting tested unless they have symptoms , and don't tell me people with no symptoms are carriers that's b*******!!!!!!!! Just more communist Democrat liberal propaganda , keep the people under your thumb,... I would get tested every month or so, if I knew what it would cost. I have no idea if my insurance will cover it when I have no symptoms or how much my out of pocket costs would be. It would be nice to get tested and visit my mom sometime this winter.

How do you know how many are getting tested? Where are your statistics? What areas did you do your research? Do you have any of these things or are you making it all up? Trump 2020 make them 100% free - no lab work fee, copay, or office call charge. Then maybe more Americans would get tested Because corrupt doctors sale the free taxpayer funded tests. Know the symptoms. Most cases stop sneezing first. Diarrhea if what Infected doctors say they had first.

my son is waiting over 4 days to get results so he can go back to college, thanks Trump Because Drs won’t test you. They say stay home and let me know if symptoms get worse. It’s ridiculous There are free tests set up near where I live a few days a week and I've never seen anyone at it. I don't get tested because I don't have symptoms nor do I think I was exposed.

Tests all by themselves are not the answer...the answer is testing a group of people who are in regular contact and then following up if one gets positive. All churches, all businesses, all schools should do testing before EVER opening and then follow up when someone gets it. how correct do they come?

More lies.... Next but Mexico is paying for the wall right? The Trump Administration is clueless...every household in America should have rapid testing, a contact tracing app and free access to the virial test and the antibody test. •A viral test tells you if you are currently infected & a antibody test might tell of past infection.

Testing is 100% useless Oh and I thought all the news stories were always about what a poor job we were doing not having enough tests... Members of the Biden family are going to jail I'm not going to be tested if I'm not sick!!!! Just like when the flu comes around I'm not going to be tested if I'm not sick but of course they don't have a test for the flu ......🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

how about doing what other countries do... nothing First mistake. Believing Trump. Right because they are choosing not to be tested WHEN ARE YOU GOUNG TO STOP SAYING WHAT TRUMP SAYS 'HE LIES' WHEN WE ERASE HIM FROM OUR LIVES AND NEVER HEAR THAT NAME AGAIN. THERE IS ONLY ONE THAT WE REALLY CARE IS TO HEAR IS , 'DONALD J. TRUMP YOU HAVE BEEN SENTENCE TO 25 TO LIFE IN PRISON'!!

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Because they aren’t doing it right. There’s no strategy and no plan. None. I work in a nursing home and we get tested every week. It doesn’t hurt either. ABC, Ok... Trumps Administration’s only produces information on PROCUREMENT! Where is Donald’s National PLAN OF ACTION for successfully addressing the COVID19 Pandemic Crisis like other world leaders have? An example would Jacinda Ardern's successful plan on how she defeated it!

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Justin Trudeau: Canada-US border will stay closed until America gets COVID-19 under controlIn an interview Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his country is committed to keeping the border closed until the U.S. gets control of COVID-19. Up here in Canada, our hobbies are complaining about the weather and politicians. But on this one, we are 100% behind Trudeau. I hope things change for the better once President Biden is inaugurated. Good idea! Smart!!!!!

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