The surge in U.S. coronavirus instances and rising demand for Covid-19 assessments are straining the flexibility of pharmacies and labs to ship well timed outcomes to customers, inflicting delays that hamper efforts to comprise the unfold of the virus.
CVS Health Corp., CVS -1.22% which assessments tens of hundreds of sufferers day by day, initially promised leads to three to 5 days and is now telling folks to count on a wait of between 5 and 7 days due to backlogs at testing labs. Walmart Inc. says assessments that took round two days as lately as late June now take 4 to 6 as a result of demand has elevated in current days on account of instances in states resembling Texas.
Infectious-disease consultants say extended wait occasions for take a look at outcomes complicate efforts to find and isolate the chain of individuals with whom an contaminated particular person has been in touch. That makes it tougher to restrict the virus’s unfold.
“When you’re going to do contact tracing and the take a look at comes again in 5 to seven days, you would possibly as nicely not do contact tracing as a result of it’s already too late,” Anthony Fauci, the nation’s high infectious-disease physician, stated in an interview with “The Journal,” a Gimlet and WSJ podcast, posted Wednesday.