US Has the Most Reported Coronavirus Cases In the World But Is Not the Leader In Testing Per Capita

The United States far exceeds any country in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths.

The latest data finds that the U.S. has more than 1.5 million confirmed cases of the virus and over 90,000 deaths. Russia, which has the second-highest number of cases in the world, has more than 1 million fewer confirmed cases than the U.S.

That number has led many to question how the virus spread so quickly throughout the country despite stay-at-home orders aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. 

A recent study from Columbia University found that if Americans had enacted social distancing measures two weeks earlier than most did, the transmission of the virus could have been slowed significantly and there could have been 36,000 fewer deaths.

Others have noted that a lack of reported widespread testing at the outset of the virus allowed it to spread rapidly throughout the country.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has suggested that the U.S. is leading the world in coronavirus cases because of increased testing. 

Speaking at a medical equipment distribution center on May 14, Trump said, “We have more cases than anybody in the world, but why? Because we do more testing.”

He continued, “When you test, you have a case. When you test, you find something is wrong with people. If we didn’t do any testing, we would have very few cases. They don’t want to write that. It’s common sense. We test much more.”

And on May 19, Trump addressed the number of cases with similar remarks, “By the way, you know, when you say that we lead in cases, that’s because we have more testing than anybody else.”

“So, when we have a lot of cases I don’t look at that as a bad thing. I look at that, in a certain respect, as being a good thing because it means our testing is much better,” he added.

He also said he views it as a “badge of honor” and a “great tribute to the testing.”

While Trump has said that the U.S. has the “best testing in the world,” the country’s testing capacity has been criticized by many who noted that at the beginning of the outbreak the country had limited testing. 

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said recently that the testing record is “nothing to celebrate whatsoever.”

Data from the COVID Tracking Project finds that the U.S. is conducting between 300,000 and 400,000 tests per day — a significant increase from early-March. 

That number is still too low to safely reopen, according to health experts who say the country needs to test millions of people per day. 

The U.S. still lags behind countries in terms of testing per capita. According to Our World in Data, Denmark is testing roughly 70 people per 100,000. Italy is testing about 52 people per 100,000. And the U.S. is testing about 37 people per 100,000.

As the U.S. lags in testing per capita, The Washington Post is reporting that states are experiencing a new problem: too many tests and too few people who want to be tested. 

Tom Hudachko, a spokesman for Utah’s Health Department, suggested, “It could be simply that people don’t want to be tested. It could be that people feel like they don’t need to be tested. 

“It could be that people are so mildly symptomatic that they’re just not concerned that having a positive lab result would actually change their course in any meaningful way,” he added.

Experts say apparent the lack of Americans’ desire to be tested could be for a variety of reasons, including the lingering worry about there not being enough tests.

Responses

  1. Hmm… how can we juggle the numbers to make the President look like a liar? – Fake News

  2. What a misleading headline. You use two different statistics to fool the reader. You say we have the most as in total cases but then switch to Per Capita to justify your misleading story. The United States does have the most cases because we have done the most testing. We don’t have the most cases Per Capita we are 7th or 8th (intelligent people know China has the most cases in the world) then you try and say we don’t do the most testing in the world (when we do by far in total test) Per Capita. I see why you try and put out a false narrative by using different stats to justify your bias. But we know the real reason you thought you could use different stat is because we all know how simple and easily fool democrats are. Just compare apple to apples next time you hack.

    We have millions and millions of test but we don’t have the people showing up to get tested maybe because people don’t feel the need to be tested if they feel fine. The reason we didn’t have test from the beginning of the outbreak is because China destroyed its samples so the rest of the world couldn’t map the virus. We had to make a test for this virus from scratch and start producing it. The CDC wanted to be the only test maker until Trump brought in private businesses to handle the quantity we needed.

  3. So have to wonder if Cortwright checked those numbers after some states like PA backpedaled their “statistics “ Of course, we have a power tripping Democrat Governor.

  4. AAAAAAAAH, johnny the buttface and scott the confuction, projection communist have butt hurt. What you fail to mention is that it is the blue states that have created this outbreak and want it to stay because they think it will get them total control of America. Good luck with that assholes. We are ready and waiting for you to try.

    1. Bound by his unshakable and unfounded sense of honor, Bob steadfastly remains determined to succor a populace with no true enemy, unaware that he is lacking a Sancho to convince him that returning to pasture would be much more fruitful than continuing to tilt at windmills.

  5. Whenever trumphisaneverestofshit is talking or tweeting he is lying. Believing him can literally kill you.

    1. Only the left would die by anything Trump says. Because only the left listens to the taken out of context quotes the MSM publishes.

  6. It is perfectly clear that the incompetent and deadly Dear Leader has NO CONCEPT AT ALL about what “per capita” means.

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