We are out of the pandemic phase, but we have already lost track of COVID

The US appears to be losing control of COVID-19 as cases continue to be grossly underreported, in part due to a surge in home testing.

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital and research company Momentive found that in the week ending April 16, most positive COVID cases were detected through rapid home testsfirst time for USA

Home tests are finally widely available, US-based Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday. “out of the pandemic phase” COVID-19. Home tests are often the easier choice for patients, said John Brownstein, director of innovation at Boston Children’s Hospital.

“But it’s not better for public health because the public health data is based on detailed reports,” Brownstein said. Time Magazine.

As of now, there is no centralized system in the US to allow people to report their test results at home.

However, the challenge of reporting an accurate count of positive COVID cases is hardly new.

“We have been undercounting throughout the pandemic, right? And that’s always been a problem,” Dr. Ashish Jha, White House COVID-19 coordinator, said on NBC’s Today show earlier this month.

This is also a problem faced by many countries, not just the US.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, welcomed the decline in reported cases and deaths. He said the agency had recorded the lowest weekly COVID death rate since March 2020, but warned that a dangerous new variant was still possible.

“As many countries cut back on testing, the WHO is getting less and less information about transmission and sequencing,” Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Tuesday. “It makes us increasingly blind to patterns of transmission and evolution. But this virus will not go away just because countries stop looking for it.”

Adhanom Ghebreyesus added that we are still studying the long-term effects on people who contract the virus.

“When it comes to a deadly virus, ignorance does not bring happiness,” he warned.

Meanwhile, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told PBS NewsHour Tuesday that the U.S. is no longer seeing record high numbers of cases, deaths and hospitalizations.

On Wednesday, the EU said it was moving away from the emergency phase of COVID, but urged countries to increase the number of tests.

“A shift from emergency to greater coordination will be necessary to be prepared for new outbreaks and options,” the European Commission said in a tweet.

In England the government ended a universal program that offers people free rapid tests on April 1st. Rapid tests can now be purchased, but the results cannot be published on the government website. according to BBC.

The UK government says it is taking a ‘living with COVID’ approach. But Dr Stephen Griffin, a virologist at the University of Leeds School of Medicine, said the government was ignoring the prevalence of the virus, which he called a “mistake”.

“Without realizing how common things are, people won’t react to it,” Griffin told HuffPost. “And the more we don’t hear about it, the further it is from people’s minds.”

Griffin also warned of the difficulty of identifying future options for the concern.

“By doing less sequencing, you’re less likely to select options that might come up,” Griffin said. “And, of course, the UK is a huge contributor to the global surveillance operation. So, again, if we don’t do that, there’s less awareness overall about what’s going on in the world.”

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