New crown virus detection encounters a bottleneck US experts:competing for materials is like a”hunger game”
On the 13th local time, the US”Washington Post” reported that American people have to wait a long time to receive their new coronavirus test results. Because the test cycle is too long, the United States cannot use the test like other countries. -Tracking-quarantine core strategy to effectively control the spread of the virus:”The most important thing to control the virus is speed.”
Christos, a public health expert at Johns Hopkins University Crystal R. Watson said:”If the test results are delayed too long, it is useless to track the infected person:when a person finally receives his test results, he has already shown symptoms, and his close contact The person may also have symptoms and transmitted it to others.”
Mayor of Atlanta:Our country’s test has failed
Mayor of Atlanta, USA, Keisha Lance Keitha Lance Bottoms and his family attended a funeral, and because of fear of being infected, the family conducted the first new coronavirus test on June 29, when no one showed symptoms.
A week later, the Boltons still did not receive the test results, but her husband had already experienced discomfort. Therefore, they passed through Emory University again for a quick test. The results of a quick test showed that the Bordens and their children were infected with the new coronavirus.
Until the day after the quick test, the results of the family’s initial test are not long overdue. The results of the initial test showed that only one child was infected at the time. While the Boltons are waiting for the results, the child may have infected their parents.
On May 10, the Mayor of Burtons said in an interview:”If we could know that our child was an asymptomatic infected person, we can immediately take protective measures for isolation.” But they did not know this at the time. information. Burtons said:”This fully demonstrates that our country’s testing has failed.”
“We want to protect the health of the community but we are helpless”
Recently, Arizona has seen a significant increase in confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia.”Washington Post” said that at present, one-fourth of the people tested in Arizona were found to be infected with the new coronavirus, which shows that a large number of infected people have not been found.
Yuma County (Yuma) is located in southwestern Arizona. Local officials say they need more tests than ever before, but they are very difficult to implement.
Amanda Aguirre operates several non-profit clinics in the local area. She said that the delayed test results and the shortage of kits have affected the anti-epidemic effect. At the end of June, the clinic she operated was able to receive 1,000 people daily for testing, but it was later reduced to about 500 people. Aguirre said:”It takes up to 14 days to wait for the test results. Such a long time leaves many people unmotivated to do the test.”
Aquil said that the reason why it takes so long is Because at present, almost every link will encounter problems:in mid-June, the kit supply is out of stock; afterwards, the logistics company failed to transport the kit in place in time.
On July 9, in order to maintain the normal operation of the clinic, Aguirre had to send medical personnel to drive more than 100 miles (about 160 kilometers) to the supplier company to receive the emergency kit.
Aguirre said:”I feel very helpless. We tried our best to protect the health and safety of the people in the community, but we are helpless.”
Increasing testing demand Existing testing The mechanism encountered a bottleneck
The Washington Post reported that at present, due to the lack of unified coordination at the federal level, insufficient supply of reagents and accessories, and the rebound of the epidemic in many states, the demand for testing has risen sharply. We encountered problems and encountered bottlenecks in one link.
Scott Becker, CEO of the Association of Public Health Laboratories, said:”All supplies are not enough. We need more swabs , Reagents, virus transfer medium, more machines and staff for processing test samples are needed.”
As the epidemic develops, the amount of test samples that need to be collected and transported is increasing, and logistics Problems frequently occur, which is another reason for the delay in the detection results.
Reports that the United States has been plagued by testing problems since the outbreak began. Although the detection capability has improved in the past four months, the problem has not been resolved. Ashish K. Jha, director of the Harvard Institute of Global Health, said:”Our federal government has not fundamentally solved the problem. Whenever the testing mechanism is under pressure, it will be on the verge of collapse, which is frustrating.”
“We are still fighting for supplies as in the hunger game”
On the 10th local time, Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Health, accused It said that some of the problems that occurred during the test were due to”poor management and poor communication at the state level, plus inflexible use of resources.” In addition, the Trump administration refused to acknowledge the shortage of testing supplies. A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently said:”The Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency can meet the testing needs in all situations.”
The eight organizations representing many laboratories in the United States Zhou wrote to US Vice President Pence, requesting assistance for testing supplies. One of the organizations asked for assistance from Assistant Minister of Health Girol last month, but it was not implemented. The organization’s director said:”Until now, we are still fighting for each other’s supplies, just like in the hunger game.”
Jennifer Nazo, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Health and Safety Center (Jennifer Nuzzo) believes that the United States urgently needs a federal-level coordination plan to evaluate existing testing capabilities, determine testing bottlenecks, and predict the scale of future testing needs. Otherwise, the US epidemic response policy will remain”a piece of loose sand barely glued together with gum and tape.”
Source:CCTV News Client