As of March 10, there have been 118,347 cases and 4,267 deaths linked to the Coronavirus worldwide.
In the United States, as of March 10, there have been 804 cases and 27 deaths linked to the Coronavirus.
But before there was any linked case of the virus in the United States, the Trump administration decided to forgo a test created by the World Health Organization (WHO) to combat the virus.
In total, 60 countries received the test, while the United States waited for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to produce its own test. As a result, the CDC has failed to reproduce a test that meets national demand.
Now 36 states have identifiable cases of the virus with the Westcoast of the U.S. being hit the hardest, in specific, California and Washington. The state of Washington alone has accounted for 22 of the 27 deaths in the U.S.
No word has been given by the Trump administration as to why they decided to forgo the WHO’s test.
With the caseload rising, it begs the question: why did the Trump Administration opt to wait on a test?
Furthermore, did they make the right decision going against the World Health Organization?
Voice & Nation looks into the matter.
PEOPLE IN THEIR OWN WORDS
“I think it’s a pride thing in the U.S.,” says one respondent. “We need to be ahead of this and trust other countries and get testing done. This was a wrong decision and now there are deaths in the U.S.”
“It was a bad decision,” adds another respondent. “They (WHO) are experts who have helped us in the past with outbreaks such as SARS and Mersa. That was a big mistake because it was arrogant. They have a proven record, that’s their whole purpose, that’s why they are there. It’s spreading because they didn’t help us, which is why we should have accepted it.”
“The U.S. refusing to use that test is absurd,” says another respondent. “That is not the clear route the U.S. should have taken. They should have accepted the test.”
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