How The U.S. Fell Dangerously Behind In Coronavirus Testing

How The U.S. Fell Dangerously Behind In Coronavirus Testing

The deadly coronavirus pandemic has stopped the world in its tracks, and exposed a weak spot in the United States’ preparedness for a public health emergency. Experts say aggressive diagnostic testing is essential in order to learn where and how an epidemic spreads. But in the critical first weeks of the outbreak in the U.S., one problem after another prevented doctors, clinics, and labs around the country from testing enough people. Patients in America were being sent home as hospitals rationed their test supply, while other countries like South Korea found a way to test hundreds of thousands of people quickly. Now, the U.S. is months behind in understanding the true scope of the virus. Testing capacity is finally ramping up, but is it too late?

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How The U.S. Fell Dangerously Behind In Coronavirus Testing

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74 Responses

  1. Mike Dunigan says:

    When every choice you make is based on $ you start making really bad choices.

  2. A 1 says:

    7:51 “I think THEY listen to their scientists”

  3. Ash says:

    I’m not in America and I’m scared for you guys. May God save Us ALL.

  4. Jeremy Wei says:

    I swear we are fighting two pandemics
    Covid 19 and Stupidity media

    • Geralt Rivia says:

      @MooseT I guess you don’t remember Fox News freaking out about the ebola outbreak they claimed Obama mishandled. Two Americans died, compared to the over 2000 that have died from covid-19.

    • ImAgInE bEiNg LoVeD says:

      MooseT Didn’t Obama and Biden stop the Ebola outbreak in America? Trump failed.

    • Life Of Gy says:

      Chicken Noodle Trump’s failed the American people. He refused testing kits from the world health organisation and decided to use failed CDC testing kits that needed to be revised 🤣🤣😂US government rn is a joke

    • Dickson Larbi says:

      @Bryan McCarth what are you waiting for?

    • Dickson Larbi says:

      @Life Of Gy yh because those test kits are fake,ask spain

  5. Monday Morning Quarterback says:

    The good news is is when the pandemic is over we can warehouse the testing devices together along with the ventilators that will arrive too late.

    • Fides says:

      yeah, i would say your joke could have been a good one but this pandemic will last more than a year or even more. so I would say we will put those in actual use.

  6. Brent says:

    “How the US fell behind in Corona testing.” But first this GMC advertisment.

  7. Michael Seavey says:

    0:12 yeah that is weird to me because this coronavirus just started in December so in 2019 so and now the whole world is getting that so that is so bad you know the virus 🦠

  8. Camden Smith says:

    They DO NOT TEST EVERYONE WITH SYMPTOMS ONLY THOSE WHO ARE SUPER SICK. IN COLLIER COUNTY FLORIDA, THEY STOPPED TESTING EXCEPT FORM THE ER WHICH NO WELL BUT SICK PERSON, A MEDICAL TERM MEANING YOU DO NOT NEED HOSPITALIZED, IS NOT BEING TESTED. I constantly hear our numbers are not bad….uh yea no kidding. One woman on FB who knows she has it has gone 4x to be tested and denied bec tests were not available.

  9. jojotheweirdone says:

    Here’s the scary thing:
    1. The virus
    2. *Common sense isn’t common*

    • Delekham says:

      Well I believe in one thing!
      Common Sense is learned! When all of us are young we are inquisitive, we love touching and feeling things, and we are told NOT to touch this or eventually we do and learn the hard way. IT is not inherited!
      I know what you talking about though. Best comment so far IMHO!

    • Angello Llucemo says:

      @Delekham whats IMHO?

    • Scott Leppard says:

      Common sense ain’t so common these day’s, brother. Nicely put sir.

    • _thechapman says:

      Common sense is a foreign concept to liberals.

    • Colbie Dene’ says:

      Angello Llucemo IMHO: abbreviation for “in my honest opinion”

  10. Jeannie Hitchens says:

    Isn’t money highly contagious, considering how many people have touched it??

  11. Aviator43 says:

    Simple answer: Politicians are prioritizing their own power before the people who gave it to them

    • abuaimen28 says:

      @Jochs Trump and Pelosi are both evil.

    • Rectal Bisque says:

      @4MOL no democrat leaders in new york said “go out and gather in groups have fun” all democrats

    • Tyler Vincent says:

      @Rectal Bisque New Orleans also refused to cancel Mardi Gras and now have hundreds of cases and California didn’t shut down the beaches and are now threatening martial law. Enjoy it, democraps because y’all asked for it and now your precious leaders are repaying your blind loyalty with this virus!😂😂 it’s no coincidence that Democrat cities and states are the strongest affected by the virus.😂😂😂😂

    • Mark Smith says:

      Your simple answer is simply wrong

    • Mitzi's Mom says:

      @Alexa-Rae Coppa yeah right…that idiot is NOT a doctor or a scientist

  12. Bob Treduis says:


  13. • Kaansaticiii• says:

    What’s the point of having the “best” health care in the world when the citizens can’t afford it.

  14. Eunyi says:

    1:05 Did she literally just say that the US has one of the best healthcare systems in the world? I think everyone knows that is the exact opposite.

  15. Broken Gas Mask says:

    paint me shocked when the elite prioritize them selfs xD if health insurance were cheaper and regulations were lower things would be better but thanks to the government thats never gonna happen lol

  16. Litzy says:

    even with all of the “stay at your home” and no more than 10 people in the same place people don’t listen and take this virus seriously

    • Thot Ramen says:

      All the Gen Z kids going out during Spring Break and others that don’t think this is even a big deal.

    • Vaughn reed jr says:


    • Blkeclipse L says:

      You’re not wrong. I’m currently dating a woman who is a caretaker for multiple clients – yet she low keyed ridiculed me for wanting to stay isolated . I work from home and I’ll be damned if i get sick or lose my life over Netflix and chill.

    • dlucas90 says:

      @Thot Ramen Why should they? 9/11, weapons of mass destruction, swine flu, sars, bird flu, ect, ect. the MSM has lost all credibility.

    • CrAsh says:

      Don’t worry everyone, everything will be just fine. This isn’t real.

  17. Rita G says:

    The US does not have a true scope of the extent of this virus- they were aware of this issue 3 months ago!!!! Months and months behind , red tape and politics that’s why!

  18. Tomas d says:

    We dismissed it as another flu, then started testing people all throughout the country and the actual numbers are coming to light

  19. Matt Dank says:

    Wow who would’ve thought that a governmental agency was incompetent….

  20. Poker Face says:

    This title should be…”How did MSM networks ratings tank when most of the US woke up?”

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