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The Biden Catch-22: Get tested, but there are no tests

We’re now a year into the Biden presidency, and a basic element of combatting the plague – testing to see who has it – is not in place. Meanwhile, President Biden is lecturing everyone else about their failures with respect to the virus, for instance, rational people considering the odds and deciding whether to inject a new type of “vaccine” into their arms.

The result is that we have no idea how many people have been infected and how mild omicron actually might be. Death and hospitalization rates are almost certainly overestimated because the number of people infected is almost certainly underestimated.

Free tests are reportedly being shipped out in a week or two. It’s a dollar late, and probably will be a dollar short too.

So, as the Wall Street Journal notes, people are going about their lives:

Stephanie Chen has been working in the office in Orange County, Calif., each day, taking her 5-year-old son to school, attending church and going about her routine for nine days, all while wondering if she is positive for Covid-19.

When Ms. Chen learned that her cousin’s entire family tested positive for the virus after a Christmas gathering she attended with them in Orange County, pharmacies were sold out of rapid tests. Lines exceeded two hours at a local testing site. A Rite Aid website said no appointments were available within 50 miles of her home for at least two weeks.

Ms. Chen, 38, who isn’t symptomatic, tried to order a home-delivered PCR test through a Los Angeles County program, but so far hasn’t even received confirmation it is on its way. “I’m just frustrated because they’re telling us, ‘Go test, go test,’ but how do you do that if the resources aren’t available?” Ms. Chen said.

As soaring demand makes lab-based and at-home tests hard to come by, many people are forsaking tests, leaving them unable to determine whether they are infected and potentially exposing others. Those who manage to get at-home rapid tests rarely report the results to health departments, often because the means to do so is cumbersome or nonexistent. As a result, public-health officials lack the full picture of the virus’s spread when the Omicron variant is raging.