Hawaii announces its coronavirus tests from the CDC were faulty, and it points to a major gap in treating and stopping the spread of the virus

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Hawaii officials announced on Friday that a Japanese tourist tested positive for coronavirus after returning home from a trip to Hawaii.
News of the man’s case comes a day after Hawaii officials announced that the CDC had sent flawed coronavirus testing kits to Hawaii.
Faulty testing has led to heightened concerns about the effectiveness of using the testing kits to stop the spread of disease.
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Hawaii officials announced on Friday that a man in his 60s from Japan developed coronavirus symptoms while on vacation in Hawaii.

The man, who visited Maui and Oahu from January 28th to February 7th, tested positive for the disease upon his return to Japan. The man had not visited China recently, and Hawaii officials said he was likely infected in Japan or while in transit to Hawaii.

Hawaii officials said the man did not have any symptoms while he was traveling in Maui, and he developed mild symptoms while in Oahu.

Hawaii Governor David Ige said that despite the case, there has not been a confirmed case of the virus on the island.

“We are taking the necessary actions we need to in order to ensure the safety of our community,” he said.

News of the man’s case comes a day after Hawaii officials announced that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) sent flawed coronavirus testing kits to Hawaii.

Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Josh Green said that testing kits were initially sent to the wrong state, and when they arrived in Hawaii they were reported to be damaged.

Beyond Hawaii, the CDC has admitted this week that some coronavirus test kits sent to laboratories around the country did not work properly. The CDC has recommended testing people who exhibit symptoms like fever, cough, or shortness of breath for the virus, though faulty tests have pointed to a major gap in treating and stopping the spread of virus.

Is testing effective at preventing the spread of disease if they don’t work?

Experts say that proper detection of the virus is as important — if not more important — than developing a vaccine for those who have already been diagnosed.

Sharon Lewin, Director at The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne, Australia, told Business Insider that while vaccines are being developed to tackle the disease, “good diagnoses are just as important” in preventing the spread of disease.

Trudie Lang, Professor of Global Health Research at Oxford University in London, told the BBC Newshour that many people can contract the disease without showing symptoms, making accurate detection of the disease key in fighting the spread of the outbreak. New research from Chinese scientists suggests it could take up to 24 days for symptoms to show up in infected people.

“There seems to be the case that there a lot of people that have no symptoms that still have the virus,” Lang said. “We need very good diagnostic tools everywhere.”

Lang said one could argue that the value of creating effective …read more


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