The world is watching how each nation responds to coronavirus pandemic. Those nations that have taken a more liberal approach and done nothing appear to be hurting more than the nations that locked everything down. But now the focus has moved to test as many people as possible to get accurate results as to what is really going on in the world.
Placed like the United States and the United Kingdom are moving faster to test as many people as possible. But a big problem has developed with many of the test kits as they have become infected with the virus as well. The very test itself is carrying the virus. This call into question regarding people that were tested and were infected from the test. No one can trust the results of a tested person that would otherwise be in clear if the test is already tainted with the virus. It would be a false positive.
The company in question is Eurofins Scientific. They found traces of the virus all over the medical supplies that were headed to the United Kingdom. The fact that they discovered the problem before the shipment left is amazing. This very well could have started an explosion of infections. Now the problem is whether other shipments were infectious as well when they were sent out.
The company is not certain how the shipments were infected. They are maintaining that other companies are seeing the same problem. The virus is like a swarm of bugs taking over the world very slowly. Steps have to be taken to ensure that the medical devices and medicines being developed stay clean, so contamination is not an issue. No reliable data can be accumulated or used if it is tainted with the infection from the start.
The United Kingdom is facing a backlash of criticism for the way they are handling the pandemic. They currently rank in the top 1o for the most deaths around the world. Like all nations, they are following the examples of nations that have been successful in finding ways to stop the spread of the virus. To develop effective treatments testing needs to be done on a large scale.
The data is also going to show how dangerous the virus is. A few tests that come back positive, and they all perish will have a high mortality rate. But tons of tests done with the same people perishing will have a low rate of death. Nations that can test a lot of people need to get moving. The United Kingdom is dragging its feet.
One official has noted that “If you look at Korea, they have done 490,000 tests. Their death rate is three per million, and they have suppressed the virus. I don’t see why we can’t get these 44 labs up and running, finding cases and testing.” The official was noting the slow progress the British labs were making. He also rightly noted that “We must go to mass testing and when we remove the lockdown – all the Asian states it was six to eight weeks, even in Wuhan – then we will have a control mechanism which will enable us to wait, without socially distancing the whole country, for drugs or a vaccine for herd immunity.”
President Trump has been pushing for millions of tests to be done in the United States. He wants them all done quickly. The date will help those in the medical field to develop a treatment option that will help kill the infection and treat secondary infections. But the testing has to happen first. Nothing can be made if people do not know what to make.
The way the president is handling things in the United States should be the standard that the rest of the world can follow. The correct measure of protection will keep the test kits from getting infected. Something that the company failed to do the right way. They and others have delayed the testing that is needing to be done to help find a cure.