“We could go to certain states right now that have virtually no problem or a very small problem. We don’t have to test the entire state in the middle west, or wherever they may be. We don’t have to test the entire state. I think it’s ridiculous. We don’t have to do it,” he said during a briefing at the White House on Wednesday. “A lot of those states could go back right now, and they probably will because at some point in the not-too-distant future, certain states are going to come off the rolls.”
Medicynical Note: I live in a state where the U.S. epidemic of coronavirus infection first landed. My home is in a rural county. We have two nursing homes with cases one with 38 patients (11 workers and 27 patients) the other with an unknown number of cases. There have been four or five deaths in our county (two today). In our state there is a testing shortage. No one is testing the entire state, anywhere, because of a shortage of test kits. Further aggravating the situation is that there is a shortage of everything to protect health care providers. Masks are being hand made and donated. They are in no way the equivalent in protection of the commercially available mask/respirators. In parts of the country gowns and masks are being reused. In New York today the governor announced that patient ventilators are being jury rigged for use on two victims–not ideal but there is a shortage. Imagine, this happening in the wealthiest country in the world which is the country spending more per capita on health care than anywhere else.
It’s a fact. We were unprepared. Mr. Trump’s hunches were disastrously wrong. His belief that the pandemic was a false media hoax was horribly wrong. It’s far too early to claim the outbreak is under control and decrease our social isolation and case finding. Sadly Mr. Trump is the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time.