With President Donald Trump's administration downplaying the threat of the coronavirus, more and more cases are coming to light in the United States.
A lack of proper training and supplies for health officials receiving potentially infected people from Wuhan, China—the outbreak's epicenter—revealed by a whistleblower has already sparked concern.
It seems a similar lack of vigilance has occurred in San Antonio, Texas where a woman who contracted the virus in Wuhan was released from a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) facility while she still had the virus. The woman had taken two tests, with one indicating negative and another one pending, which later turned out to be positive.
Now, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott is taking Trump's CDC to task.
"What the CDC did is completely unacceptable. It appears to be a case of negligence with regard to allowing this person who had coronavirus to leave Texas Center for Infectious Disease and go back into the general population. I think they understand the magnitude of the error."
After her release, the woman checked into a hotel near the San Antonio International Airport, and spent two hours at the food court.
Fortunately, officials say that the 21 people exposed to the virus due to her release pose a "low risk" of actually contracting the virus.
The ineptitude of the CDC, however, was troubling.
Jesus @CDCgov you good? https://t.co/5FRcBAjO0U— Banter Fc Mascot (@Banter Fc Mascot)1583180741.0
@Newsweek As with everything else with this Administration. Nothing, repeat, nothing is ever done right. Nothing.— janet berry (@janet berry)1583123719.0
@Newsweek Iv been written up and warned for way less at my job and my job does not involve making sure people dont… https://t.co/9FN17FWBSW— @baphcat (@@baphcat)1583173227.0
@Newsweek What a joke. We aren’t ready at all.— David (@David)1583179144.0
@Newsweek Well that makes me feel a whole lot better. Can’t this administration do anything right.— David M Wright (@David M Wright)1583148555.0
Abbott continued to caution the CDC.
"They must improve their protocols and they must be absolutely certain that before they allow anybody to be released from any location in San Antonio they can ensure the public that whoever they are releasing does not have coronavirus."
The Governor is far from the only one concerned with current testing procedures and resources to monitor the virus. The Trump administration has been accused of allocating too few test kits, resulting in numerous cases going undetected and the number of cases in the United States going underestimated.
The incompetence of the @realDonaldTrump Administration is staggering. “When you miss cases, you can’t isolate th… https://t.co/vfPJWf0zQ4— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu)1582934522.0
@Newsweek Of course they did. Testing means acknowledging higher and higher numbers. They need to pick up the testi… https://t.co/beJuYYaL13— Emmy (@Emmy)1583152287.0
In what universe, Chief? The #coronavirus is NOT under control, CDC is NOT testing everyone with symptoms and histo… https://t.co/tkFmHgdKzB— Max Howroute▫️ (@Max Howroute▫️)1582584315.0
Experts say that the best chance of curtailing the coronavirus and other potential pandemics is washing one's hands, avoiding touching of the face, and voting Donald Trump out of office in November.