Our college student traveled through NYC, public transports to JFK, then to Florida to attend a conference and flew home, coughing and sore throats. Thought it was common cold as the symptoms went away after about a week. Then I developed sore throats, productive coughing, cold sweats, dizzy head, pressure and slight pain in the chest area, … but no constant fever except in spurts. I self-quarantined and looked to the possibility of testing, but my county had zero testing kits available. About a week after I developed these symptoms, my wife started coughing with sore throat, runny nose, … so, she didn’t go to work and stayed home. Our other children urged us to get tested and told us to go to the emergency room in a university hospital in the next city about an hour and half away. So my wife and I went, wearing face masks and gloves. At the entrance to a makeshift ER room, the nurses screened us and let us in, we filled out forms and took vitals. After a while the ER doctor came, checked our breathing with stethoscope and some more questions. We told the doctor our college student’s travel history and symptoms, and our symptoms, … The doctor told us, due to severe shortage of testing kits, they are testing only those patients who must be admitted immediately to hospital (maybe to the ICU units). No, we can’t take the test because we are not seriously ill enough (with high chance of death). But she ran some other tests like chest xrays and blood work on me to check some specific symptoms. We waited there for 2+ hours in the enclosed area with other people waiting for the Covid19 testing (who will be sent home without testing like us), and finally heard the doctor say the images look good and blood looks normal. We went there for Covid19 testing, but got some unnecessary and expensive testing done instead, which I wouldn’t even bother visiting the ER for if it were not for this novel virus.
So, after a long day, I got this conclusion: if the people want to get tested for Covid-19, you need be in one of the two groups: (1) The 20% or so infected people, probably in their second week of infection or in the second week of symptomatic period, who desperately need be admitted to hospital immediately, possibly to an ICU unit with a high chance of death. (2) Special people like NBA players, big shot executives, wealthy and influential people and their families, …. Just the privileged Americans. LOL
This Coronavirus can spread by the infected people who don’t show any symptoms, usually during the first week of infection. It is clear, with this limited testing capability, the USA has no way of stopping the spread of this virus. So, the drastic lockdowns and social distancing measures are the only way to mitigate the spread. The western governments had a couple of months to prepare, but they chose not to do anything, and instead they were the on lookers of the inferno burning abroad, telling their people that one day, it will all magically disappear or that it’s all hoax by the media and by the opposing political party. Americans are too nice to our government. We don't demand it to do its job right. If the people leave the government alone, do not keep the greatest demand/pressure on them to do their job right, they won't. They simply fargin won't. We will get another pandemic like this or worse down the road. Then the government will again tell the people to keep some perspectives like, the flu kills 100s thousands each year and the car accidents kill more than this novel virus.
Maybe we deserve to die in this pandemic, or deserve to lose everything that we worked so hard for. If we choose to go easy on the government, we can't hold the government accountable for not doing their job.
“US missed its chance to avoid coronavirus shutdown and businesses should stay closed”
“the United States missed its chance to avoid mandated shutdowns because it didn’t act fast enough on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. “The U.S. is past this opportunity to control (COVID-19) without shutdown,” Gates said during a TED Connects program broadcast online. “We did not act fast enough to have an ability to avoid the shutdown.” “It’s January when everybody should’ve been on notice,” Gates added. The virus was first discovered in December in China.”