COVID-19 Testing

May 1, 2020
NEXT! A worker hands out a test kit at a drive-through site in Long Beach, California, on April 18.
KEITH BIRMINGHAM—MEDIANEWS GROUP/PASADENA STAR-NEWS/GETTY IMAGES

Americans have been following stay-at-home orders for weeks. Many are eager to get back to work. The coronavirus pandemic has caused 22 million people to lose jobs. Governors face pressure to reopen businesses in their states.

But health experts say more testing for COVID-19 must happen first. About 150,000 people in the United States are tested each day. That’s according to the COVID Tracking Project. Researchers say this has to triple before restrictions are eased.

On April 20, Vice President Mike Pence talked to governors. He said the federal government is “here to help.” Some governors say the federal government isn’t providing enough test kits. Lack of testing is “the Number 1 problem,” Larry Hogan says. He’s the governor of Maryland.

Dr. Anthony Fauci is the nation’s top infectious-disease expert. “Unless we get the virus under control,” he says, “the real recovery economically is not going to happen.”