CDC frustrations and new testing for Washington state

The CDC has stopped reporting statistics

On March 2nd, 2020 the CDC stopped reporting the number of people tested without offering any explanation. Upon inquiry from concerned democratic representative Mark Pocan, they stated that they were compiling testing data and “might” share it on the website.

All the CDC is reporting is actual deaths.

There is STILL inadequate testing as of March 4th 2020, 4 pm PST.

What does this mean? How does it affect things?

  1. The lack of statistical information, means less information flow. People will be less cautious than needed. Communities won’t be on alert.
  2. If adequate testing is not done, it is more likely that people are infected and not treated, or are asymptomatic, or worse get it through communal transfer.

On March 4th 2020 about 1 pm. University of Washington announced that they have readied a new test.

This means

  1. More testing = more reported positive = more news spread.
  2. This is ONLY because there is more information flow and actual reporting. The CDCs attempt to have such restricted testing, muzzling information and communication only means that the people infected are not known by medical professionals. So for a while, it might seem like Washington state has a lot more people testing positive, and dying. BUT Washington State is is handling it better than Oregon or the federal officials. Please do not panic.

This morning $8 billion was passed by congress to battle the virus. Hopefully this will help the states get their act together.