A few statistics put it in perspective. South Korea, which is increasingly being seen as a model of good practice, has been testing up to 15,000 people a day – and has reached more than 230,000 people.
In the US, the total number of people who have been tested is still only about 11,000. That’s a per capita rate that is about 130 times lower than in South Korea.
This matters. South Korea’s blanket testing has helped the country turn the corner of the epidemic. The number of new cases reported in South Korea every day is now falling, suggesting good policy and strong leadership can beat the virus. The US had neither.Why has coronavirus testing in the US been such a disaster? | World news | The Guardian