Ashish Jha, head of the Harvard Global Health Institute had a few things to say.
As we all know, the latest Coronavirus pandemic has taken the world by storm and amidst all this, U.S.A's response has been very surprising. As reported by NPR News, Ashish Jha, head of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said, "It is much, much worse than almost any other country that's been affected. I still don't understand why we don't have extensive testing. Vietnam! Vietnam has tested more people than America has. Without testing, you have no idea how extensive the infection is. We have to shut schools, events, and everything down because that's the only tool available to us until we get testing back up. It's been stunning to me how bad the federal response has been."
This might come as surprise to a lot of our readers but there are actually a lot of reasons as to why the U.S. lags behind so much when it comes to aggressive testing for Coronavirus. Firstly, the early tests done by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) were defective. Secondly, they rejected to adopt an effective German test approved by The World Health Organization (WHO). Apart from all of this, Dan Diamond told Fresh Air's Terry Gross on Thursday that politics has also played a pretty big role.
Apart from the US, Italy, and Iran fall into the same category and Jha added that it is only this week that wide-scale testing has started to become available in the United States. he added, "Without testing, you can't isolate people. You can't do anything. It's been stunning to me how bad the federal response has been." He also said that there is a pretty big possibility that the number of cases from Coronavirus is five to ten times more than the actual number. Till people who are possibly infected do not get tested, they are likely to infect more people and the outbreak in the US will continue to grow.