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Weeks into the pandemic, county public health officials say testing for COVID-19 still falls short

Original post made on Apr 6, 2020

County public health officials say too few people are being tested for the coronavirus, and that it falls on private labs to roll out large-scale testing capacity to see how far the virus has truly spread.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, April 6, 2020, 9:54 AM

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Posted by Downfall
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Apr 6, 2020 at 3:09 pm

"Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, laid much of the blame on a late start by the Trump administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "

While the Trump administrations response does seem to have been almost a complete and utter failure, at some point the state governments and counties need to take some blame on this as well. We are one of the first hot spots of infection in the US and also are at the heart of Silicon Valley with a strong pharma/biotech presence. How we tested such a small % of the county population this far in is shocking and very disappointing. Blame for this cannot all be dumped on the Fed govt, we need an explanation & accountability from state & county govt as well.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 6, 2020 at 9:00 pm

A friend of mine used to be a contractor for CalFire, about five years ago,he told me that FEMA was looking for estimates for 1,000,000 body bags. It did not surprise me at the time.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 6, 2020 at 11:28 pm

It appears Italy donated some medical equipment to China, then when Italy is in need China sells the same equipment back to them.

Here is the article:

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Posted by C. Walters
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 7, 2020 at 8:34 am

“Over the past two months, President Donald Trump has deployed a dizzying array of lies about why the coronavirus wasn’t a cause for concern, then defenses to excuse or deny his deadly mishandling of the pandemic. The virus was under control in the United States, he argued. The warm weather would make it go away. It would miraculously vanish. It was China’s fault, and limiting travel from China had solved the problem. It was the media’s fault for exaggerating things. It was Barack Obama’s fault. States in urgent need of ventilators should have purchased the medical equipment months ago, and it isn’t the president’s responsibility to fix that problem.”


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Posted by C. Walters
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 7, 2020 at 8:41 am


Donald Trump has repeatedly touted the anti-malaria drug as a coronavirus treatment despite a lack of medical evidence.
Trump owns a stake in a company that produces hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug he has repeatedly touted as a coronavirus treatment even though his experts say there’s no strong evidence it works. 

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Posted by Rony
a resident of Barron Park
on May 1, 2020 at 2:06 pm

Using federal employment data, the researchers determined 10 per cent (14,425,070) of US workers are employed in occupations where exposure to disease or infection happens at least weekly, based on employee and employer self-report.
According to the study, 18.4 per cent (26,669,810) of US workers are employed in occupations where exposure to disease or infection happens at least monthly, based on employee and employer self-report.
While healthcare occupations represent the bulk of workers exposed to infection and disease, other occupations that frequently interface with the public and provide essential services are also at increased risk of exposure, the researchers said.


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