Where’s the COVID-19 testing?

Three months after the first U.S. case of the novel coronavirus was reported, the country still has no national testing strategy.

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Opinion

April 23, 2020 - 9:18 AM

At a COVID-19 testing site in downtown, registered nurse Amanda Price (right), working for a company called COVID Clinic, draws blood from Cindy Stirling (left) for an antibody test last week in San Diego. Photo by Eduardo Contreras / The San Diego Union-Tribune / TNS

Three months after the first U.S. case of the novel coronavirus was reported, the country still has no national testing strategy.

Most public health experts agree that production and deployment of coronavirus testing on a nationwide basis is an essential part of the short- and long-term goal of reopening the economy

Even the Trump administration’s plan for the nation to start to get back to business relies on widespread availability of testing. But the most glaring weakness of the plan is its failure to outline a comprehensive strategy to make that happen.

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