How the U.S. botched its COVID-19 response

It has been seven weeks since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the U.S. The death toll from the virus continues to climb and cases continue to mount. On Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, admitted publicly that the U.S. is seriously lacking when it comes to testing for the virus. Stanford epidemiologist Steven Goodman walks us through how the government has failed to account for what may be thousands of infections because of ongoing problems with access to testing. “The original decision to use a U.S.-specific test, not the one that was suggested by the WHO — which has been used in many other countries — in retrospect, obviously, was a big mistake,” says Goodman, who affirms that those tests the CDC did manage to eventually send out were faulty. “Nationally, I don’t know what the capacity is. But as Dr. Fauci said, we are way, way behind.”

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