The Washington State Department of Health continues to work to slow the spread of COVID-19 across our state. A big part of that effort is testing people for COVID-19 so public health can keep people with COVID-19 and their contacts away from others to prevent spread of the virus.
The State Public Health Lab received additional testing equipment March 6 and put it into service March 7. It is ramping up its capacity. At present, it can test more than 200 samples with a 48-hour turnaround time. The goal is 400 samples a day, meaning about 200 people.
The University of Washington Virology Lab has capacity to test as many as 750 people (1,500 tests) per day. At present, it is running about 700 to 800 specimens a day. Their goal is 5,000 tests per day. (UW went online for testing March 4.)
Therefore over the next few weeks we should see the 35/1000 drop immensely. I don’t want to sound insensitive, unfortunately people die, it’s the circle of life. The Flu has always been deadly to the elderly, this is no different. The CDC is doing their do diligence to provide us all with information and educate us in having clean hygiene.
Being someone who appreciates statistics, the flu has resulted in 9.3 million to 49 million illnesses each year in the United States since 2010. Each year, on average, five to 20 percent of the United States population gets the flu - less than 1% die.
An estimated 300,000 deaths per year are due to the obesity epidemic (57). The results of two extensive studies examining obesity-attributable deaths in the United States were published in 1999. However, we don’t shut down fast food, we continue to sell soda pop.
An estimated 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Yet we still sell it and many love to consume it.
Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers. Yet we still sell cigarettes.
If you can’t tell, I don’t buy in on the media driven hype and political approach that our leaders are making. If they cared about all of us like they say...they would address the BIG 3 KILLERS, making them a priority. I dare them to shut down fast-food, close all taverns and quit selling tobacco, then I will believe you care about your community. Until then, quit with your posturing stances and overreacting to COVID-19.