The blame for the current mess in the COVID-19 testing program in Anchorage and the shortage of available tests largely rests with our anti-vaccination major and his administration, which eschews sensible public health measures such as wearing masks indoors in public spaces. They did not see the continued need for readily available testing in their ill-timed and poorly considered privatization decision.
The major was recently joined in this testing debacle by former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon, who had clearly got his synapses crossed in a recent public statement. On Fox News on Monday, Carson stated, in response to a question about the delay in the availability of federal testing kits, that “maybe that’s not such a bad thing, because the more tests you have the more positive people you’re going to have.” By that logic, if there were no testing, COVID-19 would go away or would have gone away.
This is what happens when you entrust public health to ignorant Republicans.
— Peter Hanley
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