Average delays in testing
Anecdotally, there have been numerous testing delays throughout the US since the inception of the pandemic. Previously, people had to wait for days or weeks to receive their COVID-19 test results. Furthermore, the long-standing lines should not be the norm if we hope to manage this pandemic properly. It is no wonder that medical labs across the country have warned about the low average of daily tests.
Another month, another criterion
Moreover, only a few states meet the official criteria to reopen the economy at the moment. Mainly, it has to do with poor testing metrics. In fact, the positive rate is growing exponentially in some states and they should be under the testing spotlight to receive the help they need.
Focus on contact tracing
If states want to achieve a lower positive rate, there has to be more detecting and testing through contact tracing even for individuals who do not show any COVID-19 symptoms. So far, the high positive rate highlights that only individuals who develop the obvious symptoms are getting coronavirus tests.
Both the scientific and medical community struggle to measure the real score of the COVID-19 outbreak. Currently, the positive rate is around 5% in the US, which suggests that testing capacity is not sufficient to meet the pandemic spread.