Archive for March 19th, 2020

WSJ: “New” strategy narrows testing focus.

March 19, 2020

Headline in the WSJ today:


In summary:

The current plan of attack emphasizes social distancing as the primary method to contain the new coronavirus, a shift away from its recent focus on widespread testing as a containment tool.

We don’t want people to focus on testing as a big magic bullet.

Diagnostics are important,  but shouldn’t be the main emphasis. Social distancing is more important to containing community spread of the virus.

The priorities:

Testing will prioritize seniors aged 65 and older, front-line health care workers and patients hospitalized with symptoms


Let’s dig a little deeper…