The True Reality of Corona Virus Now, Will be Known in Two Weeks.
As of March 12th, the CDC and the government, at least in San Diego, refuse to test anyone for Corona except those who are very sick or wealthy. I know from first and second-hand sources, that people who come to the hospital right now, with symptoms, who had close contact with those who have the virus, those who traveled from countries of concern and who test negative for the Flu, are not tested, are refused tests.
This means that if a person has symptoms, and even if the doctor suspects a case, without a test they cannot tell all the people they met in the past two weeks if those people are ok, they also cannot guarantee anyone who they come across now if they will be ok. The hospitals are not equipped. The staff assume you have the virus, and dress for it, but are not allowed by CDC to test you.
But that’s not what’s really bad, the really bad part is the fact that we will not know the repercussions of these policies for the next two weeks. Because all the thousands of people who interact with the currently sick who are not allowed to be tested will only feel the symptoms in two weeks. They will also not be able to test, and so they had been spreading the virus for two weeks. Because all the people you hear about right now were infected at least a week ago, and generally, notice, it is the wealthy and the connected who are tested.
This is why the schools are canceling classes, this is why we stopped people from coming in, this is why concerts are canceled because the government doesn’t don’t know who is sick and refuse to know for fear that if the true scope of their lack of response is known, then it will look bad politically. But the reality will come out, it will be seen in the impact on the hospitals in the next two weeks.
Given the complete failure of this administration with respect to public health, the best we can do right now, is isolate those at risk. Make sure they have food, make sure they have what they need and limit their exposure.