Unlike other countries around the globe, America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been lackluster as citizens continue to find it difficult to find any place to go to get tested for it.
Nations like South Korea are reportedly examining 20,000 people a day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only managed to run 77 tests from Sunday to Wednesday morning, according to Yahoo! News.
Shockingly, when several NBA players started exhibiting symptoms recently, the state of Oklahoma completed 58 COVID-19 tests within a matter of hours. That was done to make sure everybody was safe and that it would not spread any further than Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell who both tested positive for it.
The Jazz managed to obtain 58 tests for the organization and that had people stemming with anger.
Per The Daily Beast:
“A powerful, wealthy pro sports league flexed the political capital and financial might required to get government officials to spring into action. The unintentional byproduct, though, is another, equally jarring number: 7,617 people in total have been tested for the virus by state labs as of Thursday, and those 58 tests, or a staggering .8 percent, were conducted on employees of one professional basketball team.”
“Here are a few more surprising digits. The 58 tests conducted represented 60 percent of Oklahoma’s peak daily capacity.
“We have the capacity to run about 100 tests a day,” said Cox. While the state is in the process of “reordering additional reagents,” as of now, they can perform 300 tests. Meaning: the Utah Jazz alone consumed 20 percent of Oklahoma’s total stock. Cox added that two private facilities capable of testing for COVID-19 were ready to go or would be up and running “soon,” he said.”
Social media erupted in anger: