Not Enough Testing Kits To Contain Coronavirus Outbreak

It's very clear in some places that people are taking the Coronovirus very seriously.

SXSW, many festivals and other events have been canceled over fears that groups could spread the virus.

Celebrities and politicians claiming to have tested positive for the virus have self-quarantined as more reports come of more people testing positive. The situation which initially seemed isolated to other countries has officially characterized a pandemic by the World Health Organization. 

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While visiting a LabCorp location at Medical City today for blood testing, we observed a staffer blocking entry into a building with inpatients who were doing some tests and putting bracelets on people before they were allowed in.

As more reports of the virus come out, Americans who want to get tested for it are finding it difficult to get tested and are having to rely on decisions to be accepted for testing or rejected altogether being made by medical professionals which at best end up with the person to self-quarantine.

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It's gotten to the point where demand has far outstripped supply concluding that the U.S. is "far behind other countries in this regard" and therefore unable to efficiently contain the outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rolled out an early test which ended up being flawed increasing delays with no current relief in sight.

"Public health experts have warned that each day people do not know whether they have the virus, they risk spreading it more widely."

[Featured image "Lab test kit for the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19." via U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

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