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VIDEO: Hawaii DoH Official Goes on 10-minute Rant Against Corona Testing
By Video @ 1:13 PM :: 6542 Views :: COVID-19

Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 - March 25, 2020

Dr Sarah Park, Hawaii State Epidemiologist, begins at 39:57 mark – She goes on a 10-minute rant against testing which must be heard to be believed.

Edward Desmond, administrator of the Hawaii State Laboratories Division, begins at 50:00 mark – After listening to Park, he says:

“I just want to add a different perspective based on some news I heard today.  Yesterday we were testing just nasal pharyngeal swabs.  These require a health care worker to don personal protective equipment (PPE) and collect the nasal pharyngeal swab….  As of today we have been informed the FDA has recommended acceptance of … nasal turbinate swabs … that you can do yourself.  So somebody could collect that at home without using personal protective equipment. 

For the reasons Dr Park described, I have not been an advocate of expanded testing because we are competing with the hospitals for a very limited supply of PPE.  And we are facing the frightening prospect of health care workers charged with taking care of hospital patients—and they didn’t have a mask, they didn’t have a pair of gloves, they didn’t have a gown.  So in that situation we did not promote expanded testing….  

Now we’re facing a different situation.  Its a possibility that (with the new nasal turbinate test) we could (now) do expanded testing because we are no longer in competition with the healthcare workers…. 

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