As I have been saying for weeks. COVID-19 has been circulating uncontrolled because of ridiculously flawed testing criteria from the CDC. The same thing is going on in Vancouver, where a flu-like viral sickness has been circulating. A sickness that authorities are NOT testing.
The are using the same old criteria the US CDC just abandoned as being too conservative in order to catch community spread.
These reporters determined COVID-19 has been under the radar in Washington State and is now killing people…
The coronavirus has been circulating undetected and has possibly infected scores of people over the past six weeks in Washington state, according to a genetic analysis of virus samples that has sobering implications for the entire country amid heightening anxiety about the likely spread of the disease.
The researchers conducted genetic sequencing of two virus samples. One is from a patient who traveled from China to Snohomish County in mid-January and was the first person diagnosed with the disease in the United States. The other came from a recently diagnosed patient in the same county, a high school student with no travel-related or other known exposure to the coronavirus. The two samples look almost identical genetically, said Trevor Bedford, a computational biologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle who announced the results of the research on Twitter late Saturday night.
“This strongly suggests that there has been cryptic transmission in Washington State for the past 6 weeks,” Bedford wrote. “I believe we’re facing an already substantial outbreak in Washington State that was not detected until now due to narrow case definition requiring direct travel to China.”