While both political parties are attempting to use the Coronavirus to score political points, the CDC is yet again failing at their primary job of disease prevention. As of today, only 445 people inside the United States have been tested for Coronavirus, despite the fact that thousands are in self-imposed quarantine throughout the country after returning from overseas.
Yesterday we learned that the first community spread case of Coronavirus was confirmed in California; shockingly, the patient was in 2 separate hospitals for over a week before the case was confirmed – potentially exposing healthcare workers and other patients to the virus. At first, the CDC refused to test the patient, saying he didn’t meet the criteria for testing since he had not visited China. Finally, they agreed to test the patient, and the test came back positive.
UC Davis Medical Center, where the patient is currently being treated, said the test results were delayed because neither the county or state lab could run them without the CDC because the test kits that were sent out to the states don’t work.
For over a month, states have been telling the CDC that the original test kits were failing, but the CDC has yet to provide answers or new test kits. Currently, states have to ship the specimens overnight to the CDC and then wait for up to 48 hours for the results.
South Korea Testing 10,00 people a day!
At this point there simply isn’t an excuse; the CDC has had over 2 months to prepare yet they’ve only managed to be able to test a whopping 445 people inside the U.S. During this same time, South Kore managed to set up 79 designated health centers for testing and say they are running about 10,000 tests a day.
South Korea had tested a total of 66,652 people for the COVID-19 coronavirus virus as of 4 p.m. local time Thursday, whereas Japan had reported administering roughly 1,890 tests and the U.S. only 445. The huge discrepancy compared to other countries reflects how quickly South Korea’s numbers have been rising, experts say.
Yet Another CDC Failure
While Democrats are railing against the Trump Administration, the simple truth is the problems at the CDC predate President Trump. Remember, this is the same agency that allowed Ebola-infected patients into the country under President Obama, while not having a serious plan to stop the disease had something gone wrong.
But putting aside things like Ebola, Coronavirus or other possible pandemics, every year the United States has 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections; and of those, 100,000 end in death.
The fact is, the CDC has trouble preventing everyday diseases that we know about; is it really that shocking that they can’t get their shit together on this one? It’s another bloated government agency with life-time employees who should have been fired a long time ago.
US Health Workers Underequipped, Undertrained and Not Prepared
According to a senior US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official more than a dozen HHS workers who assisted the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China did not wear proper protective gear or receive appropriate training for infection control before being sent into the danger zone.
A Redacted copy of the whistleblower’s complaint was obtained by the Washington Post.
According to the lawyers for the whistleblower, who oversees employees at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the HHS, the two teams of ACF personnel sent to two California bases – one to March Air Force Base from January 28 to January 31 and the other to Travis Air Force Base from February 2 to February 7 – to retrieve the evacuees did not show signs of being infected with COVID-19, but were also not tested for the virus. The complaint also states that workers had contact with infected evacuees on multiple occasions.
Remember, this is the same area of California where they are now saying there is a community spread case of Coronavirus from an unknown source. Is it really unknown, of does the CDC not want to admit yet another failure under their watch?
We put ourselves in this position, and we are going to have a hard time finding out way out!
Whether it’s the new novel Coronavirus or some future pandemic threat, the government – specifically the CDC — has proven they are unable to respond to these types of threats. Part of the problem may be that we lack the manufacturing to produce the test kits or the protective equipment this country needs without China – which is a pretty scary thought.
About half of the U.S. supply of face masks comes from China; with China struggling to make enough for themselves, does anyone think they are going to put our needs ahead of their own?
On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Congress that the U.S. has far fewer medical masks than it would need in the case of a major Coronavirus outbreak in the country. Currently, we have a stockpile of about 30 million N95 masks, but medical experts are saying we might need as many as 300 million during an outbreak.
This isn’t a Trump Administration failure; this is a failure that has been building for decades and is being helped by the fact that we no longer produce anything in this country.
Preparing for the possibility of a Pandemic Outbreak
Over the last week, supplies for emergency food in the United States have skyrocketed. Costco, a huge seller of bulk long-term survival food, is currently not listing the products on their site. And if you look at Amazon, a majority of what’s on there has either significantly increased in price, is out of stock, or has a 30+ day backlog.
- We urge you to have at least a 2-4 week supply of food and water on hand at all times, but with that being said you may be looking at a lot longer than that should this thing go bad – In China some people have been locked down for almost two months.
- Start to Prepare for economic issues, and make sure you have cash on hand. As of today, the stock market is down 10% from its record high.
- Read our article on Pandemics and How to Prepare for a Pandemic Outbreak.