Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Wuhan to carry out 11 million tests in 10 days

The Chinese city of Wuhan, which has seen a small uptick in COVID-19 cases (6!) in recent days after many weeks of almost zero cases, is planning to test all 11 million residents within a space of 10 days, an almost unimaginable level of  public health intervention and assiduity, certainly unattainable here in the West.
Anywhere that can muster those kinds of resources stands a much better chance of being able to beat this virus that cities in the West, which are struggling to meet testing needs for even symptomatic and at-risk individuals.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether such a feat is even possible. And, if they say they've done it, should we believe them?

It turn out that, no, we can't believe them. Or at least someone somewhere got a bit over-optimistic with their PR. They are now saying that the tests won't all necessarily happen within the same 10-day period!

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