Testing is important because a large fraction of people who …

Comment on Gunner the statesman short on facts for Centre by Michael.

Testing is important because a large fraction of people who are infected show little to no symptoms.
There is also an optimal percent of a population who should be tested daily to identify and manage possible outbreaks early.
If our hospital, for example, tested 15 people daily who present at the outpatient clinic it would give useful information.
Is such a testing program even possible with “what we have”?

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