|International Comparison of Positivity Rates and Tests Per Capita (Source: John Hopkins University)|
The problem for the US is that since the start of the pandemic it also ranks very highly in the number of tests that prove positive (13.86 per thousand), only beaten by the likes of Brazil, Peru, Qatar, Chile, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sweden. Countries like South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan have a positive test rate of around 1.0 per thousand or less.
Reducing the number of tests in the US, as Trump would like, won't reduce the number of hospitalisations or deaths due to COVID-19 in the short-term, and almost certainly will increase deaths and hospitalisations in the future as the virus spreads uncontained.
My exercise for today was another 30 minutes on the bike trainer. My hip injury felt a little better and walking around today has been less painful, so I'm becoming more optimistic.