2020-03-13 12:16:47

United States Lags on Coronavirus Testing & Medical Experts Warn “No One Is Immune”

It has been seven weeks since the first case of the new coronavirus was reported in the United States. President Trump is claiming, “Anybody that needs a test gets a test,” but this is simply untrue.

There have been just 11,000 tests so far throughout the United States since the coronavirus outbreak began, compared to nearly 20,000 tests for coronavirus every day in South Korea alone.

Democracy Now! spends the hour looking at how the Trump administration has failed to account for what may be thousands of infections because of ongoing problems with access to testing, and how other countries have responded.

DN also discusses measures people must take to limit their exposure and protect their communities. We speak with Justin Lessler, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

He is the senior author on a new study that suggests the median incubation period for the new coronavirus is about five days.

DN is also joined by Dr. Steven Goodman, associate dean at Stanford Medical School, where he is a professor of epidemiology and population health and medicine.

He is also Amy Goodman’s brother. Both schools are now holding classes online over concerns about the outbreak.

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. 

Our reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. 

On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

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