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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday said it would not be feasible to relax current measures to combat the spread of coronavirus without a "robust system of testing and monitoring -- something we have yet to put in place nationwide."

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Most of us won't have the opportunity to return to work without the testing Obama is talking about. We need fast, convenient, accurate testing.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2020-04-08 04:43 PM | Reply

Nice to hear a rational voice on the subject.... unlike the current lunatic in the WH.

Obama would win in a historic landslide were he able, and willing, to run again.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2020-04-08 04:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Oh boy--the attendees of today's presser with Der Dotard are about to hear more invective about The O...

#3 | Posted by catdog at 2020-04-08 05:09 PM | Reply

Hopefully they can find a way to test without sticking something all the way up your nose. Can't they test it the same way they test for strep?

#4 | Posted by sentinel at 2020-04-08 05:10 PM | Reply

Hopefully they can find a way to test without sticking something all the way up your nose. #4 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

Saw an imagine comparing the current coronavirus test to a car's tailpipe environmental smog screening. Lol

#5 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-04-08 05:35 PM | Reply

Not gonna fall for the banana in the tailpipe trick.

#6 | Posted by sentinel at 2020-04-08 05:46 PM | Reply

I think they need more testing for the COVID 19antibodies. When people are identified already having COVID 19 then they can resume going back to work and we can slowly start opening up the country again. Here in California they are thinking that maybe the virus occurred earlier leading to herd immunity do to the low infection death rate in the state. Here is a paragraph from the national review.

One less-mentioned hypothesis is that California, as a front-line state, may have rather rapidly developed a greater level of herd immunity than other states, given that hints, anecdotes, and some official indications from both China and Italy that, again, the virus may well have been spreading abroad far earlier than the first recorded case in the U.S. "and likely from the coasts inward.

As with testing for the virus I believe it's just as important to see who has already had the virus.

#7 | Posted by Badcat at 2020-04-08 05:55 PM | Reply

Quite honestly, I've had the test. If that is so invasive you can't stand it then you are simply a whiney baby.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2020-04-08 05:56 PM | Reply

Sorry but not being #7 at all.

Herd immunity requires a substantial percentage (percentage based on the R0 number for a particular virus) of the population to have developed immunity. It used to be believed that 90% was sufficient for measles/rubella, but the antivaxxer movement has illustrated that target needs to be closer to 95%. For even a minimum benefit to be seen with SARS-CoV-2 it appears that it would required something on the order of 50% of Californians to already have been exposed, show almost no symptoms (or else we'd know), and to have developed immunity. Given we can see quite clearly how the virus spreads, what it does, who needs treatment, who becomes unavoidably symptomatic, etc. from Vo, Italy and Iceland, what the National Review is saying is just impossible.

I'm going to add herd immunity to the list of things the National Review has no clue about but feels obligated to talk about.

#9 | Posted by YAV at 2020-04-08 06:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Heerd immunity with a disease that causes so many deaths isn't just stupid, it's evil.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2020-04-08 06:19 PM | Reply

It is if that herd immunity is only gained by getting the disease. The mortality rate is just too high with this one to even think that's a reasonable approach. If the immunity is by vaccine, I'm all for it. The effect is what we're after.

#11 | Posted by YAV at 2020-04-08 06:21 PM | Reply

Wow, Obama is so smart and ahead of the curve.

Who knew that we would need to test for antibodies?

#12 | Posted by sawdust at 2020-04-08 07:25 PM | Reply

#12

The people Trump fired.

#13 | Posted by Corky at 2020-04-08 07:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Always tweet like Obama.

Never tweet like Trump.

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#14 | Posted by Tor at 2020-04-08 07:28 PM | Reply

is trump still winning, sawdust?

#15 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2020-04-08 07:46 PM | Reply

#12 Obama setup pandemic surveillance and stock piled pandemic supplies years ago. He knew what was coming and prepared for it. The orange pedo pustule dismantled that as well. His incompetence will kill tens of thousands of Americans.

#16 | Posted by bored at 2020-04-08 07:52 PM | Reply

the virus may well have been spreading abroad far earlier than the first recorded case in the U.S. "and likely from the coasts inward.

No.

Spreading from "the coats inward" is how things worked when trans oceanic shipping was the primary means of moving around.

The only reason for the coasts having hot spots is population density. More people = higher likelihood of somebody bringing it there.

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-09 12:29 AM | Reply

Wow, Obama is so smart and ahead of the curve.
Who knew that we would need to test for antibodies?
#12 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

You need to have the virus before you can develop the test, numbnuts.

#18 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-09 12:29 AM | Reply

On March 13, Donald Trump came to his daily coronavirus rally appearance with company. With a great deal of inappropriate closeness and hand-shaking, Trump brought forth executives from Walgreens, Target, Walmart, and CVS, with a promise that, across the nation, the parking lots of these companies' stores would soon be filled with drive-through testing locations to identify and isolate those with COVID-19. Of course, this was the same press conference where Trump announced a website under development by "1700 engineers at Google" which would would quiz Americans on their symptoms and pair them with the appropriate test facility.

The website didn't exist. And by April 1 the grand total of drive-through testing facilities in the parking lots of these companies' stores came in at five. And those five offered testing only to first responders and healthcare workers, not the general public.

But it doesn't matter now, because Trump is pulling the funding for those sites"and for every other drive-through testing site.

Daily Kos

#19 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-04-09 01:41 PM | Reply

Look which party is wanting the economy to fail now.

#20 | Posted by humtake at 2020-04-09 03:56 PM | Reply

Look which party is wanting the economy to fail now.

#20 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

How many people should have to die to keep the economy from failing?

#21 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-04-09 04:07 PM | Reply

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