Here’s How Wuhan Tested 6.5 Million for Coronavirus in Days

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Date Published: May 26, 2020

Source: The New York Times

At the 2-week mark of an unprecedented campaign to screen virtually all 11 million residents of Wuhan, nearly 6.5 million residents have been tested so far, which represents 90% of residents. Their outreach strategy includes sending medical workers to construction sites and markets to look for itinerant workers, making house-calls to reach older residents and people with disabilities, and making announcements over loudspeakers warning citizens that refusal to undergo testing could result in limiting their right to work and travel. Some residents are resistant to testing, citing insufficient measures to prevent the spread of the virus during the testing process despite government reassurance that each resident that testing would be scheduled to limit crowding and conducted in open spaces. The use of a massive batch testing protocol has been criticized by some experts who have suggested that it is prone to error and that such comprehensive testing is ultimately not necessary for this scenario. Some supporters of the campaign acknowledged that the true value of the campaign was more psychological than medical as the price of a paralyzed economy would be much higher.

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Summary by: Sophia Duong