This was an emotional read for me. February is now a blur, but I remember being flabbergasted by the continued narrow case definition and restricted testing. Necessary perspective on how much was lost by and .
In this current crisis, America's failure to adequately test for COVID-19 is the weak link--the single most important flaw. That's why this new piece from and , who were on this story from the start, is so vital. Plse read it. 2/
This is the story that explains how we got here. Essential reading, just published: By , —with data reporting and design from and Quinn Ryan.
"The virologist Trevor Bedford has found evidence that the coronavirus began spreading in the United States in January. It has already infected approximately 87,000 Americans, he says." via and
Everyone needs to read this story
"Don't miss this big reconstruct by The Atlantic's Alexis C. Madrigal and Robinson Meyer," says : You can read their piece here
I’m so furious & emotional about this beyond words... I’ve been shouting #TESTVIRUSNOW for a month. “The death and economic damage sweeping the US could have been avoided—if only we had started testing for virus sooner.” (Great article by )
At top-of-list of many must reads, this from ⁦
Deconvoluting #COVID19's historic big miss in the US a sharp and thorough analysis by and via w/ storytelling curves
A catastrophe built out of layers of bureaucratic incompetence and cowardice. The definitive account of COVID in America, so far, by and
NEW - from and me, with ’s COVID-19 team How many Americans are sick with the coronavirus? When did they get sick? These are two of the most crucial questions for understanding the pandemic. We don’t know the answers.
Someone help me reconcile this devastating account written by of incompetence and lies that will probably lead to more American deaths than 9/11
How many people are sick with the coronavirus in the United States, and when did they get sick? We don’t know. and report on the failure of coronavirus testing, and how it happened:
An in-depth story on the #COVID19 #coronavirus testing fiasco in the US.
“The president laughed off the virus & the Dems’ response to it, calling it their “new hoax,” which immediately polarized the citizenry’s response to precautionary public-health information.Seattle was aflame b4 anyone ⁦@ CDC started to reach for water”
A real good Must Read: how this total catastrophe was caused by Trump How the Coronavirus Became an American Catastrophe. The death and economic damage sweeping the United States could have been avoided, if only we had started testing for the virus sooner
If you want to understand how we got here, this is it. This is the story you need to read. and lift the veil on a national catastrophe. (with data reporting and design by and Quinn Ryan)
This is a brutal fucking read.
This is such a public service, + . Clear, comprehensive, damning.
“COVID-19 is an American catastrophe, a slow-motion disaster only now coming into view. When its true proportions have been measured, it will make the early government response look even more outrageous than it already seems.”
Here’s an incredible chart by and Quinn Ryan. At the end of February, the CDC reported 15 positive covid cases. Today, the US has discovered 17,000+ cases. But epidemiological estimates say that roughly 87,000 people are already sick.
It wasn’t like states or counties failed to prepare for a pandemic. Many drew up lengthy plans that thought through school closures, social distancing, and travel restrictions. But what they widely assumed is that America would be able to test its sick.
This is the single best article I’ve read on the failures of handling covid19—namely, lack of testing—so far.
"What’s happening here, in this country, was avoidable. Nearly every flaw in America’s response to the virus has one source: America did not test enough people for COVID-19." (article is free as part of the Atlantic's free coronavirus coverage)
How many people are sick with the coronavirus in the United States, and when did they get sick? We don’t know. and report on the failure of coronavirus testing, and how it happened
Why Nobody Knows How Many Americans Have the Coronavirus
“When Wuhan began burning with infections in December, the U.S. government took only illogical, inadequate actions to stop the virus’s spread.”
#COVID-19 is an American catastrophe, a slow-motion disaster...What’s happening here, in this country, was avoidable. Nearly every flaw in America’s response to the virus has one source: America did not test enough people for COVID-19.
When Sonoma County in California started a similar broad testing program (though it focused on people with symptoms), it found evidence of community spread in one day.
"No one had the guts to say what needed to be said over the past month: To save our people, we will have to keep our cities in a chokehold and decimate our economy. No one told them to, and the data did not exist for them to come to that conclusion."
“COVID-19 is an American catastrophe, a slow-motion disaster only now coming into view. When its true proportions have been measured, it will make the early government response look even more outrageous than it already seems.”
"The virologist Trevor Bedford has found evidence that the coronavirus began spreading in the United States in January. It has already infected approximately 87,000 Americans, he says."
87,000 cases in the US maybe?
Excellent report in ⁦⁩ documenting the horrendous handling of #COVID19 by the US government. Estimates suggest that 80K+ Americans have been infected to date. Tl;dr — it’s everywhere, we messed up.
Test, test, test! It's the only way.
The death and economic damage sweeping the United States could have been avoided—if only we had started testing for the virus sooner.
Every six days that the country did not test, every six days that it did not act, the number of infected Americans doubled. Why Nobody Knows How Many Americans Have the Coronavirus - The Atlantic
“the CDC botched its own test development. It sent testing kits to state public-health labs with a nonfunctioning ingredient. by then, the virus was already spreading... even as the FDA held up independent labs that had made their own tests.”
How the Coronavirus Became an American Catastrophe
“Why bother getting ready as a clinical lab if you think that you won’t ever be allowed to do anything until May or June?”
"A week ago, an NBC reporter asked Trump during a White House briefing whether he took responsibility for the deadly testing delays. His reply was immediate: “No. I don’t take responsibility at all.”"
How the #coronavirus Became an American Catastrophe: The death and economic damage sweeping the United States could have been avoided—if only we had started testing for the virus sooner. via
"Here’s what [virologist Trevor Bedford's] estimate of the pandemic’s arrival in America looks like—compared with how many people we thought were sick at the time."
A catastrophe? More like a fiasco, a disaster, and a SNAFU thrown into a dumpster and ignited.
Melancholy reading from at . The United States didn't start testing early enough, digging its head in the sand.
This project to track ALL covid tests in the US plus an explainer on how we fell so far behind
This graphic from a new piece in is pretty eye-opening. It shows the discrepancy between Americans who have tested positive for #COVIDー19 vs. the estimated number of actual cases in the U.S.
The index of errors ...
How the Coronavirus Became an American Catastrophe #CoronaVirus #Covid-19
How many people are sick with the coronavirus in the United States, and when did they get sick? The truth is: We don’t know. and report on how America missed its pandemic
. reported on 2/29 that 15 Americans had tested positive for #covid19, but that number is likely much higher + there's new evidence that suggests the disease had begun to spread in Jan says . Check out this #mustread via
On or about January 15, someone infected by the coronavirus arrived in the Seattle area, Bedford’s research would later show. The virus began to silently spread in the region. It would not be detected for another six weeks.