Consider this the antidote to Donald Trump’s campaign-trail quip about slowing COVID-19 testing due to the optics of the results. Trump complained that media outlets reported the rise in cases out of context of the vastly increased rate of testing, and made it look like reopening commerce in states had created a second wave. While the core of that complaint was true — media outlets didn’t exactly emphasize the fact that increased testing had generated more positives — it also turned out to be somewhat irrelevant.
In fact, Florida just hit a record high again yesterday, with nearly nine thousand new cases, as Allahpundit noted. Cases have spiked upward in the Sunshine State for two weeks now, and Republican Sen. Rick Scott and Gov. Ron DeSantis acknowledge that it’s not just an artifact of expanded testing. Texas has begun locking down again, at least incrementally, and other states are doing the same. The problem isn’t that we’re doing too much testing — and now it looks like we need to find ways to test faster and more efficiently.
NIAID chief Dr. Anthony Fauci unveiled a new Trump administration strategy designed to deliver both — “pool” testing: