While mass testing for the Corona-Virus appears to the way many believe we should go there are factors one must review before making such a decision.
(1) HEALTH CARE WORKERS AT RISK- Each test requires the tester to change their gloves, mask and other protective equipment. Do we have enough of a stockpile of this equipment?
(2) CROSS CONTAMINATION- Could a health care worker in a rush to complete so much testing forget the procedure of removing such equipment and accidentally pass on the virus to another who is being tested?
(3) MASS HOSPITALIZATION- Will individuals with minor cases of Corona-Virus which normally would have been treated in self isolation at home instead run to a hospital? Which in turn depletes badly needed supplies which are already in short supplies to those that are most critical.
(4) FALSE POSITIVE- Will we create more panic as not all results are accurate and people without any true symptoms are falsely claimed to have this sickness?
(5) FALSE NEGATIVE- Could someone develop the sickness in-between the time they took the test and the time results are given (4 days). Therein turn a negative result for the sickness in reality truly be a positive.
In the end it probably will be best to develop a test one can take at their home with a quick result of 45 minutes or so before any mass testing should begin.
FOOTNOTE– Do you see it differently why or why not?