Last modified on April 3, 2020, at 15:07

Coronavirus testing

Coronavirus testing is relatively easy, non-invasive, affordable, and yet unavailable in most of the United States as of March 18, 2019, except to professional athletes, Hollywood actors and actresses, and high-level politicians. The FDA and CDC have impeded access to testing by most Americans despite the ability of private companies to mass-produce such tests.

  • FDA rules initially prevented state and commercial labs from developing their own coronavirus diagnostic tests ... [1]

Those having early, special access to coronavirus testing include entire NBA teams and congressmen.

Insurance companies have balked at providing coverage for treatment of coronavirus, which provides a further incentive for tests to be withheld from the general public.

Convenient drive-through testing has been available in South Korea, which has more of a free market in health care, long before the United States.

The Japan Times says that a Japanese research institute has developed a test that takes only half an hour:

  • the government-affiliated research institute Riken said ... that they have developed a technology that can detect the COVID-19 coronavirus in only 10 to 30 minutes. [2]

According to The Atlantic,

... the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed and distributed a faulty test in February. Independent labs created alternatives, but were mired in bureaucracy from the FDA.[1]


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