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Weeks into the pandemic, county public health officials say testing for COVID-19 still falls short

Original post made on Apr 6, 2020

County public health officials say too few people are being tested for the coronavirus, and that it falls on private labs to roll out large-scale testing capacity to see how far the virus has truly spread.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 6, 2020 at 1:59 pm

I agree that easy and widespread testing is the key to controlling this disease. Really a shame that some government leaders were publically calling COVID-19 a hoax as late as mid-March. Is it really true that privately they were dumping their stock in travel and oil company stocks and buying up medical equipment company stocks?


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Posted by Robyn
a resident of another community
on Apr 6, 2020 at 4:01 pm

Is the DA's crime lab doing testing? It seems like a no brainer with the DUIs and rape testing they do.


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Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Castro City
on Apr 6, 2020 at 4:29 pm

In response to Robyn you said:

“Is the DA's crime lab doing testing?”

You are assuming that their equipment and supplies are ABLE to test COVID 19. It strongly appears that it is not. So when you said:

“It seems like a no brainer with the DUIs and rape testing they do.”

It is too much of an assumption that these labs can do this work. Sometime people make to many assumptions.

Even if we are succeeding in “bending the curve”, that does not man we will be free of this current lifestyle. We are stuck until there is a proven treatment and vaccine that everyone is been treated with.

Otherwise, this is going to go on indefinitely in order to “control” the infection rates.

The last I heard about 1.7 Million people have been tested, the current statistics are that 364,700 people tested positive which results in a 21.5% infection percentage.

The statistical significance sample is about 3.75 Million people, which means it is not a solid current infection statistic.

But when we reach that number, you can assume that if it stays at 21.5%, then you can assume that 73.3 Million people are infected. And since the uncounted fatalities currently are 10,771 which is 3% of the people infected.

3% of 73.3 Million people is 2.2 Million people are likely to die. But I am learning that that number is artificially low because many people are not being diagnoses with COVID 19 at time of death in many cases. So this could be artificially low.

Just understand, we cannot “stand down” this lifestyle until the vaccine and treatments are there and deployed. We have a long time to go.


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