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Covid testing is only getting harder to come by. That's a serious problem.


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I think our ultimate challenge isn’t in just having accessible and quick testing, which we’re struggling with, but also communicating that a test is a single moment in time and what that means for people.”The United States has conducted 180 million tests since the beginning of the pandemic and, as of November, the country had the capacity to conduct 125 million tests, Brett Giroir, the White House coronavirus task force's “testing czar” and assistant secretary for health, told reporters last week.Experts say that for communities to remain open, people need to get tested regularly and comply with contact tracing, mask wearing and social distancing. That way people can know whether they are infected and isolate when there is a localized spike.“Testing frequently is one of the essential tools that we have right now to be able to understand where these infections are spreading, and for people to have assurance that they're negative before they participate in an activity that could put other people at risk,” said Blythe Adamson, an adviser to Testing for America, a nonprofit that supports making low-cost, reliable Covid-19 testing more available, and an infectious disease epidemiologist who formerly worked on the White House coronavirus task force.We have chronically neglected public health in the U.S. and then we’re surprised that they’re struggling to keep up?But getting access to those tests — and there are a large number of different tests available — and receiving timely results is the bigger challenge, and it doesn’t appear that all states are using all of the funding available to them. “The logistics and supply chain associated with it, the storage conditions, the fact that we need to be very targeted in terms of who gets access and that this all needs to be done through a mass public health campaign means that you need that same infrastructure in place.”But, Savello noted, the lack of widespread institutional infrastructure remains a huge hurdle that the country as a whole will have to contend with.“We are very much kept awake by a lot of this stuff,” she added.Such concerns are keeping many Americans awake at night.“You would think after the first six months we would’ve figured out some way to speed up this process and make it trustworthy, but now it’s nearly impossible to find anywhere to get tested,” Vruggink said.

As said here by Phil McCausland