Prepare for US coronavirus case numbers to keep spiking, it’s because we’re finally testing
- The number of COVID-19 cases in the US surged from 4,000 at the beginning of the week to about 32,000 on Sunday.
- The jump is in large part a reflection of increased testing — which means the number will probably continue to grow as the US’s testing capacity keeps expanding.
- Testing in the US has lagged severely behind compared to countries like China and South Korea.
- Widespread testing and social isolation seem to be the two most effective ways to slow the coronavirus’ spread, based on evidence from other countries.
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The number of COVID-19 cases in the US spiked from approximately 4,000 on Monday to more than 32,000 on Sunday.
Although the virus certainly continues to spread in the country, the gigantic jump also has a lot to do with increases in testing — you can’t confirm or report cases without tests.
Testing capacity in the US is finally increasing noticeably after weeks of delays and mistakes.