Lost in the black hole of innumeracy:This isn’t true; and there are few things more dangerous than a president or top official saying something like this to a scared public. Most people still can’t get tests. https://t.co/3RA7JKTiRL— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 25, 2020
South Korea quickly got tests out, which is being credited with helping flatten the country's curve of its coronavirus outbreak; the United States moved far more slowly, taking weeks to ramp up testing.Nothing has changed in Harris County, third most populous county in the country.
Now, the United States has tested more than 300,000 people, government officials touted Tuesday, noting it had passed South Korea in the raw number of tests conducted.
"In a short period of time, we've done more testing than South Korea," President Trump said on an appearance on Fox News Tuesday. Trump added, "We're going up proportionally very rapidly."
But South Korea has a population of just 51 million people; the United States has 327 million.
At about 300,000 tests in each country, that means South Korea has tested 1-in-170 people; the United States: 1-in-1,090.
That's more than six times less, per capita, than South Korea.
Light at the end of the tunnel!!!!