Testing Demand Declines Across 22 States—And Experts Aren't Quite Sure Why

Testing demand declined across 22 states—and experts aren't quite sure why

8/6/2020 12:58:00 PM

Testing demand declined across 22 states—and experts aren't quite sure why

Some states have seen testing rates drop as much as 40% in the last 2 weeks.

According to aWashington Postsurvey of governors offices and state health departments, at least a dozen states have the tools to ramp up coronavirus testing,Utah Health Department spokesman Tom Hudachko told thePostthe state is trying to figure out what’s keeping people from being tested: “It could be simply that people don’t want to be tested. It could be that people feel like they don’t need to be tested. It could be that people are so mildly symptomatic that they’re just not concerned that having a positive lab result would actually change their course in any meaningful way.”

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In Iowa the daily testing rate drop 40% in the last two weeks despite Gov. Kim Reynolds saying the state has enough supplies.In states where the percentage of positive tests is high, like Mississippi where, but where fewer people are being tested than last month, the virus could be spreading unchecked through communities, the report said.

Researchers at Harvard have said that less expensive, at-home tests that quickly produce results could be thebefore they become widespread.key backgroundLast month an executive at Quest Diagnostics, the largest laboratory company in the U.S., said that it would be

impossible to keep upwith the current form Covid-19 testing once fall flu season hit, and said alternatives to the nasal swab tests “need to be found.” One alternative is antigen tests, which produce results much faster, though can be less accurate. Instead of testing for the virus’s genetic code like current Covid-19 tests, antigen tests search for proteins attached to the virus. Researchers at Harvard have proposed

low cost at home Covid-19 teststhat are similar to strep throat or flu tests, where the one would spit on a specially coated strip of paper which would change color if the proteins were detected. Though the tests are only accurate up to 50%, some Harvard researchers argue that the strip tests, which people could administer themselves at home everyday before work or school, may be able to uncover up to five times the amount of cases that the current approach and more accurately locate outbreaks.

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Could actually be a good thing. So hyped that you turn off the audience. Happens all the time. You’re part of the problem, not the solution. Some States do to the Hurricane shut testing sites. A lot of people who feel fine have no desire to get tested. Seems useless at this point. Social Distance, Wear a mask indoors, wash your hands, stay at home if your over 70

People don’t care to know if they don’t feel sick. What is so hard about that concept? they aren't experts if they don't know why. Because of lack of available testing. People don't want to risk house arrest with pretty ankle bracelets!!! Could it be because they’re not sick? It feels useless to get a test if it takes weeks to get results. Like, I get a test today, results in two weeks? I could have contracted the virus in any given day between my test and results. :/

Probably b/c people don't want the government scrutiny that comes with it. They gave up.

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