by Calculated Risk on 3/17/2020 05:38:00 PM
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Tests per day is a key number to track (along with actual cases and, sadly, deaths). But total tests were a key for South Korea slowing the spread of COVID-19. South Korea has been conducting 15,000 tests per day with about one-fifth of the US population, so the US needs to test 70,000 to 100,000 per day.
The last two days, the US has average 13,000 tests per day. Those are still rookie numbers, and the US needs the ability to conduct about 5 times as many tests.
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This data is from the COVID Tracking Project.
Testing it getting better, but is still far too low.
Test. Test. Test.