Covid Testing Demands Fall

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According to CNN Health, Covid-19 testing has drastically decreased throughout the US with about 670,000 per day. During the peak in mid-January, the daily case numbers were around 2.5 million per day.

Citing CVS pharmacy’s sales data, CNN reports that demand for home-test kits have also declined.

Quoting the White House assistant press secretary Kevin Munoz, CNN writes “out of the long-awaited 500 million free at-home Covid-19 tests the Biden administration has made available”.

When you look at epidemics and pandemics in the past, the countries and communities that performed best are ones that were most flexible and were able to respond to existing demand.

– Mara Aspinall, a professor of practice in biomedical diagnostics at Arizona State University (source: CNN Health)

Dr. Thomas Tsai, an assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told CNN “Part of the ongoing challenge of the pandemic has been the difficulty in ramping up testing as a surge is beginning, and unfortunately, time and time again, our testing efforts have been hampered by too little, too late.”

An epidemiologist Dr. Michael Mina told CNN “Certainly, the supply has increased just as the demand has started to level out or reduce, as the recent Omicron wave and COVID-related cases associated with it drop lower. This has created an availability of tests that were not available when we needed them most, during the holidays.”

Testing, especially as the Omicron wave goes down, does not lose its relevance. Testing is how we see the virus. We can’t see it if we do not test. [..] If we can stop hospitalizations, then even if cases increase again, the importance that the virus holds over us is greatly reduced.

Dr. Michael Mina, an epidemiologist (source: CNN Health)

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends testing under the following conditions:

  • If you have Covid-19 symptoms
  • If you have known or suspected close contact with the coronavirus
  • Before or after travel
  • For screening in schools, workplaces, etc.
  • When asked by a health care professional or public health official

According to the CDC estimates, there were over 140 millions Covid-19 infections in the US.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of March 3, 9 a.m.) 691,748,065 doses have been distributed and 554,168,735 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of March 1) a total of 9,429,719 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of March 3) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,417,015 (out of 18,845,272 tested) with 12,172 deaths.