11 to 100,000: What went wrong with coronavirus testing in the U.S.
“It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.”“Anybody that needs a test, gets a test. They’re there. They have the tests. And the tests are beautiful.” When the first U.S. case of the novel coronavirus was confirmed, President Trump assured the American people that the situation was “totally under control.” Cabinet officials, the vice president and the president repeated that refrain throughout February. By the end of that month, as global financial markets and the American public started to quiver, Trump held firm: “You may ask about the coronavirus, which is very well under control in our country.”With the clarity of hindsight, it is obvious the situation was very much not under control. In reality, a lack of testing gave a false picture of how many people across the country were infected.Through government documents, testimony, news reports and interviews, The Fact Checker video team has reconstructed events that left the government blind to the virus’s spread, and examined how those errors opened the door for 11 confirmed cases to balloon to more than 100,000 in less than six weeks.The FactsThe novel coronavirus was first detected in early December in Wuhan, China. Chinese officials