Don’t Test, Don’t Tell: The Bureaucratic Bungling of COVID-19 Tests

“I believe that a healthy society should not have only one voice.” —Li Wenliang, whistleblowing Wuhan physician, killed by coronavirus infection at age 34 On Thursday, February 26th President Donald Trump finished up his initial White House press conference on the coronavirus. He had appointed Vice President Mike Pence as coronavirus czar and spoke about “the fifteen cases that could go to zero.” At the same time, I received a Twitter DM from a physician that included screenshots of an email that had been sent to staff at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California earlier that afternoon. Since that night, the original email has been confirmed by UC Davis and reported on by multiple news organizations. Here’s a copy of the email as reported by NPR. I want to highlight a couple of quotes from this email. Since the patient did not fit the existing CDC criteria for COVID-19, a test was not immediately administered. UC Davis Health does not control the testing process. The facts here are clear cut. A patient came … Continue reading Don’t Test, Don’t Tell: The Bureaucratic Bungling of COVID-19 Tests