Wuhan: 6.5 Million Coronavirus Tests in 9 Days


Health Editor’s Note:  This is quite a feat!  Testing this many of a population also requires a lot of cooperation by the citizens which I doubt that we could ever see from Americans, especially those who bitterly complain about wearing masks for the protection of others, closed restaurants, etc. Testing is the only real weapon we have to try isolate the virus, since we have not found medications/treatments/etc. to treat nor have a vaccination against COVID-19.

We have no federal testing program in place.  The federal government does test Donald Trump, so I guess he thinks that is good enough for the rest of us? Right?  Meanwhile, Trump is making plans for the Republican National Convention while summer-time festivals, that make money for cities and towns, are being cancelled right and left as some communities understand the true concept that people, being close to each other, spread this virus, and still struggle to keep the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths down….Carol 

Wuhan performed 6.5 million coronavirus tests in just 9 days, state media reports

By Nectar Gan, CNN

(CNN)The central Chinese city of Wuhan conducted more than 6.5 million novel coronavirus tests in just 9 days, according to state media, a drastic move by authorities to prevent a second wave of infections in the original epicenter of the global pandemic.

Wuhan’s ambitious citywide nucleic acid testing drive came after six new cases emerged in a residential community earlier this month — the first time local infections were reported following the city’s emergence from its months-long lockdown in April.
From May 15 to May 23, swab test samples were collected from more than nine million residents, China’s state-broadcaster CCTV reported, accounting for more than 80% of the city’s total population of 11 million.
Nucleic acid tests work by detecting the virus’ genetic code, and can be more effective at detecting the infection, particularly in the early stages, than tests which examine a body’s immune response, though the latter are easier to conduct.
The mass testing identified 198 asymptomatic cases — people who carry the virus but do not show symptoms, according to the state-run Health Times.
The speed and scope of Wuhan’s testing campaign — hailed as a “10-day battle” by local…read more:

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