First US coronavirus doctor: COVID-19 ‘circulating unchecked’ for weeks
“Some of our tests are getting sent to CDC in Atlanta, and it’s taking a while to get them back,” Compton-Phillips said. “The first couple [of] patients it was only taking a day or two. And now it seems to be taking about a week to get the test results back.”
Those delays, Compton-Phillips said, means doctors and nurses need to treat patients as if they have the virus until the results come back, which can be taxing for patients and health-care providers alike.
On Feb. 28, however, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, announced that the agency is rolling out new tests. She said the move will improve the country’s ability to quickly identify and treat COVID-19 patients. Private labs Quest Diagnostics and Lab Corp. will be able to test specimens next week.
“Our goal is to have every state and local health department online, doing their own testing,” she said.
Not testing and having people who are infected running around undetected. What could go wrong?