The Logistics of Covid-19 Testing

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  • but my tests in the uk get processed in like 20 mins???

    iseemtobelostiseemtobelost21 օր առաջ
  • "Central planning systems might have some inefficiencies in allocating resources". I am not very sure that slight enefficiencies mean massive famines in all countries with centrally planned economies(essentially there are centrally planning systems for everything) and being very behind in many technologies and at the end collapsing on itself, but yeah sure, slight inefficiencies

    Hari PetrovHari PetrovԱմիս առաջ
  • 1. You stated that there is no treatment for covid-19 which is not true 2. You said nothing about the false positive tests for covid-19 Just another "politically correct" video to make money and not get banned by AMwine. You just lost an subscriber

    Andrei AramaAndrei AramaԱմիս առաջ
  • This video just showed up on a random search, and I just realized- I haven't been getting any recommendations for this channel for months! WTH AMwine

    Whyte NoyseWhyte Noyse2 ամիս առաջ
  • Hi from 2021

    personnpersonn3 ամիս առաջ
  • Even in China when they test the *entire city* the pooled test had a sample sause of only five. Here the positive rate is as high as 8% and companies are using pooled sample size four and dreamed about pool size twenty... Incredible.

    虞海虞海3 ամիս առաջ
  • Wendover: logistics of German U boats during WW2 Also wendover: under the sea there are planes

    Dark humourDark humour4 ամիս առաջ
  • As a British citizen, don’t say Morrisons like that. Please, please don’t.

    jane can’t dancejane can’t dance4 ամիս առաջ
  • 10:47 r/agedlikemilk

    Liv QuinLiv Quin4 ամիս առաջ

    Jeevat TVJeevat TV5 ամիս առաջ
  • I hate the rona

    The Jewish Kingdom Of AblaristanThe Jewish Kingdom Of Ablaristan5 ամիս առաջ
  • I’ve been tested for covid-19 when i was in hospital for seizures the other day, they take a really long qtip looking thing and stick it in your nose and swirl it around and take a whole bunch of snot out, they took 3 tests because they lost the first batch of COVID vials or whatever so they retested my entire hospital wing and my tests came back mixed then negative

    Vanilla GorillaVanilla Gorilla5 ամիս առաջ
  • why arent they talking about the new bird flu..or..common flu which comes every winter that also kills people

    John HansonJohn Hanson5 ամիս առաջ
    • Because we have vaccines for that

      ShamrockShamrock5 ամիս առաջ
  • Google search result statistics for different areas regarding loss of taste and loss of smell (or other COVID-19 symptoms) might be just as accurate as the sewage testing method if not more accurate.

    Luke OlsonLuke Olson5 ամիս առաջ
  • Yea

    lakshmivallabhlakshmivallabh5 ամիս առաջ
  • Why did you make this video focusing on this one third world country that does this ass backwards compared to everyone else

    Alex Sørlie GlomsaasAlex Sørlie Glomsaas5 ամիս առաջ
  • He went 3:20 without mentioning airplanes. I think that might be a new record!

    Leon KluthausenLeon Kluthausen6 ամիս առաջ
  • I just tested positive for Covid by taking a rapid test today, despite having no symptoms. I am currently self quarantining, but I only got the test Bc I was lazy and didn’t want to go to work for a day so called in sick and and my boss said if I would have to get a covid test to come back. I thought it was bs but...well...thank god for my laziness ig.

    Amelia BrittainAmelia Brittain6 ամիս առաջ
  • 3:20 first mention of airplanes

    Henry AllenHenry Allen6 ամիս առաջ
  • The Nash Equilibrium will be equal eventually, just how smooth and how conscious will it be and thus how efficient and great will it be

    RYGRYG6 ամիս առաջ
  • @10:01 ohey it's salt lake

    DecDec6 ամիս առաջ
  • It's a scam yo

    Rio KitaojiRio Kitaoji6 ամիս առաջ
  • Seems like the pandemic was fake but the virus is real

    gvi341984gvi3419847 ամիս առաջ
  • This guy sounds like HAI. They should collab

    Logan TricksLogan Tricks7 ամիս առաջ
  • What I’m trying to figure out is my companies should I invest in? I’m guessing whatever supplies the medical equipment as well as the companies that supply the raw materials to make those products. What companies are they tho?

    Mz MayerMz Mayer7 ամիս առաջ
  • Pretty sure he just includes planes in every video now as a funny tradition.

    Abdullah AnsariAbdullah Ansari7 ամիս առաջ
  • Next up: The logistics of making a wendover video!

    Rohit Kumar SharmaRohit Kumar Sharma7 ամիս առաջ
  • How long until you move completly to Nebula, as now parts of your videos are only available on Nebula?

    Josip ĆurićJosip Ćurić7 ամիս առաջ
  • yay 0:43 was in my country

    Philippe DujicPhilippe Dujic7 ամիս առաջ
  • I'm waiting for when on half as interesting he says ' This video was made possible by Wendover productions'

    QueenKenzQueenKenz7 ամիս առաջ
  • Classic fallacy: "If the government were the only customer they would have to accept what the government paid." No. They would stop supplying if the government dropped what it would pay below the market price.

    Erik Van de WaterErik Van de Water7 ամիս առաջ
  • In France, the average time to have a diagnosis with PCR is 10h, 3 in an emergency situation. And for free...

    pierre ddapierre dda7 ամիս առաջ
  • I'm waiting for new episodes on Extremities

    Abdulla Bin TalibAbdulla Bin Talib7 ամիս առաջ
  • Make Nebula free, then I’ll watch.

    ThinkThink7 ամիս առաջ
  • What everyone really wants to know, is when will we have a cure for this disaster. These guys did a video to try to explain. I thought it was pretty good @

    A PA P7 ամիս առաջ
  • You forgot to mention the part where China prohibited their science community from sharing the sequencing for over 2 weeks

    Daniel KintighDaniel Kintigh7 ամիս առաջ

    makatak3makatak37 ամիս առաջ
  • I saw this video because I know about HALF as interesting

    Cool Cat filmsCool Cat films8 ամիս առաջ
  • Surprisingly good video!

    Zach BillingsZach Billings8 ամիս առաջ
  • According to a July 1st article published by the Bulgarian Pathology Association, covid19 PCR tests are scientifically meaningless.

    MrPeaceandLibertyMrPeaceandLiberty8 ամիս առաջ
  • Hey, 3 minutes 18 seconds without talking about airplanes... good work!

    Tim McMahanTim McMahan8 ամիս առաջ
  • That was interesting. Thanks!

    Philip FarraPhilip Farra8 ամիս առաջ
  • Oh god. Pool testing, despite its ingenuity is only good for epidemiological data collection and medical statistics purposes. That basically means COVID is so far out of control in the US, the government had essentially given up on accurate and timely tests for individual. Never mind the tracing done in other countries.

    Fatty AcidFatty Acid8 ամիս առաջ
  • Sacramento?

    mike shiversmike shivers8 ամիս առաջ
  • A I R P L A N E S

    foxtailedcritterfoxtailedcritter8 ամիս առաջ
  • Who checks the reaults from these labs? Its financially in there favor to be "bias" in the reporting and DNA contamination is super easy in these labs even if they are 100% on the up-and-up, and bear it in mind, false positives do KILL people from depression, job loss, deaths of despair and others

    Bryan MichaelBryan Michael8 ամիս առաջ
  • Yeah this is basically SARS again but we got power munchers capitalizing on the naivety of the masses

    WɅVeCɅstWɅVeCɅst8 ամիս առաջ
  • *Cure found* By June 21, 8-million will be infected worldwide July 27, 16 million -- 650K dead Oct 1, 32 million Dec 25, 64 million -- 1 million dead Feb 14, 128 million -- 1.5 million dead April 15, 256 million -- 2 million dead July 1, 512 million -- 4 million dead Cure found From Jan 1 - Feb 29 doubled every 3-4 days Mar 1 --- doubled every 2 weeks May 1 -- doubled every 2 months One person doubling every 3 days can become 23 million in 96 days Animation

    Timber WolfTimber Wolf8 ամիս առաջ
  • 3:19 AHH I thought about this earlier.

    Buvana NarayanBuvana Narayan8 ամիս առաջ
  • Please do a video about ecosia they are a search engine that plants trees

    Aaron OnealAaron Oneal8 ամիս առաջ
  • logistically speaking

    Ashik JonathanAshik Jonathan8 ամիս առաջ
  • I knew it would somehow get back to planes

    Alex has a tromboneAlex has a trombone8 ամիս առաջ
  • I feel so smart after watching wendover videos I am just thinking about how smart this guy might be

    Saket KamtikarSaket Kamtikar8 ամիս առաջ
  • The amount of research this guy does, Is just purely amazing...

    Saket KamtikarSaket Kamtikar8 ամիս առաջ
  • Ah yes, aeroplane man is imparting his knowledge once again

    More Tea Is RequiredMore Tea Is Required8 ամիս առաջ
  • 🤔👍

    Gacheru MburuGacheru Mburu8 ամիս առաջ
  • Wow, this is the most interesting video I've watched in a long time. Very well explained, and very eye opening.

    GuxGux8 ամիս առաջ
  • What about doing pooled testing for families? Or those sharing the same floor in an apartment building? Something like that.

    Andrei AndreevAndrei Andreev8 ամիս առաջ
  • Just want to say a big thank you for the many years of content. I’m someone who only recently discovered they are able to pursue further education such as university. Content creators like yourself have made learning new things such a gift. Anyways I’m Just a random stranger in Australia reminding you that you are awesome. I’ve also subscribed to curiosity stream just now haha so yeah .keep doing what you do

    pnukspnuks8 ամիս առաջ
  • You should do a video if you can on the logistics of the "bubble" that NHL and/or NBA are utilizing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within players and other staff.

    James CnossenJames Cnossen8 ամիս առաջ
  • Hey, biomedical scientist here. When Wendover Productions stated their opinion about the high throughput thermal cyclers (which is actually called real time PCR) not being cost effective at doctors offices it was not only a value judgement of human life but also entirely inane since as they point out most testing is done in national labs. A rough estimate for a single COVID-19 test without insurance is clocked in at around $350USD and there are roughly 328 million people in the USA. This means for a grand total of $114,800,000,000USD, or roughly $115 billion dollars, the USA could have achieved infinite testing capacity. Congress spent $2.2 trillion dollar on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES); so in case you're not keeping track at home that means the government spent nearly 20x the tax dollars on treatment that should have been to spent establish meaningful prevention. As doctor's say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure... It would be entirely within the government's power to use the War Powers Act to temporarily assume control of testing companies like Quest and force them to increase output, as well as any manufacturers producing the supplies necessary to perform those tests. Placing blame for the lack of testing on an excuse like lack of resources is not a very genuine argument in a country that has a nearly $20 trillion dollar GDP. Here's the bottom line why you are waiting 2-3 weeks for your test results that Wendover Productions won't tell you. It's personnel shortage. Overall employment of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, but the number of people graduating with ASCP technician degrees is simply not keeping pace. But it's also because people like me, someone with a 4-year Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences, are "unqualified" to perform simple diagnostic testing in many states in the southeast due to the restrictions on who may sit for certifications exams proctored by organizations like the ASCP. The ASCP's Board of certification has stated in response to COVID-19 that, "The BOC is committed to upholding the standards of certification; no changes to eligibility requirements are being made at this time." This statement is absolutely hypocritical in the face of pooled testing. Pooled testing is just another way these organizations are choosing to put your health and safety at risk in order to make more money and continue to be the gatekeepers of the laboratory science industry. So be sure to write the ASCP's Board of Certification a nice letter when you finally receive those test results back 2-3 weeks late for someone in your family that has already died. There are a lot of people to blame for this debacle but simply opening up laboratory certification exams to all graduates with a B.S. from an accredited college would have saved lives, and it still could save lives. Until then I'll keep applying to lab jobs in Texas and other states whose established law permit them to quickly ramp up testing capacity by simply hiring qualified scientists and thus are the labs receiving butt loads of government funding.

    Matthew CecilMatthew Cecil8 ամիս առաջ
  • Basically, pooled sampling is a gamble. Individual testing just takes more time.

    David BobDavid Bob8 ամիս առաջ
  • The diction of "therefore" throughs me off every time :S

    ProfiteralidadProfiteralidad8 ամիս առաջ
  • I knew airplanes were involved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    John JrJohn Jr8 ամիս առաջ
  • Its a nice reliable turboprop single....

    Michael MccarthyMichael Mccarthy8 ամիս առաջ
  • With all the Karen’s and anti vaxxers out there I don’t think we’ll ever get out of this pandemic situation

    DOMiNODOMiNO8 ամիս առաջ
  • highly informative

    KriKri8 ամիս առաջ
  • Its pronounced Val-dah-sta

    David LeeDavid Lee8 ամիս առաջ
  • I actually did some testing, before my employer (the German Red Cross) prohibited doing so in my free time.

    Uri UlrichUri Ulrich8 ամիս առաջ
  • Me: Wonder how he's going to bring up planes Wendover: PLANES MAKE SHIPPING FASTER Me: there it is

    vbddfy euuytvbddfy euuyt8 ամիս առաջ
  • Actually the CDC says asymptomatic carriers aren't contagious

    Mike PresslerMike Pressler8 ամիս առաջ
  • I never knew Wendover was an existentialist. At least we have that in common.

    DarksteinerDarksteiner8 ամիս առաջ
  • You should precise in the title that the video is about the USA.

    Filip RankFilip Rank8 ամիս առաջ
  • Thing exists* Wendover: planes people planes

    one tome plzone tome plz8 ամիս առաջ
    • Wendover: says Gainesville Me, with lizard brain: G O G A T O R S

      vbddfy euuytvbddfy euuyt8 ամիս առաջ
  • If we just don’t test there no Corona- trump

    one tome plzone tome plz8 ամիս առաջ
  • Damn, and my government doesn't even do much compared to our neighboring countries. People in positions be makin quarantines, went back to open, then back to quarantine with minimal actions through those months. ^We also got "professionals" trying to figure out social distancing on motorcycles with little to no knowledge of how aerodynamics works

    [REDACTED] Z[REDACTED] Z8 ամիս առաջ
  • We need logistics of a Wendover video

    Evrnire84Evrnire848 ամիս առաջ
  • Ahh yes logistics

    Wakadude PlaysWakadude Plays8 ամիս առաջ
  • Wendover: planes, just planes

    HaoYang YueHaoYang Yue8 ամիս առաջ
  • Let's see how airplanes fit into this one.

    oiuet souiuoiuet souiu8 ամիս առաջ
  • 0:18 not deadly enough to kill most of it's hosts. Why does that sound familiar? Oh yeah, it's just the flue.

    britshellbritshell8 ամիս առաջ
    • @Shamrock 75% of covid deaths are people over 65 years old. If it was not for the crutch of modern medicine the majority of theses people would have been dead 15 years ago. Covid just needs to run it's course.

      britshellbritshell8 ամիս առաջ
    • @britshell I've already said to you the flu is quite deadly e.g the spanish flu which killed millions additionally the reason those plagues and flu don't kill millions of people per year is primarily because we have vaccinations against, of which we don't have for COVID-19. The flu already kills hundreds of thousands per year and this is primarily in the poor regions of Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia where medicine is scarce and most people are not vaccinated Until we can find a safe, proven vaccine for COVID-19 precautions, light or strict depending on the severity, will need to be taken. I'd rather my grandparents stay alive Herd immunity would also work but that would mean we will need a slow spread of the virus so as not to overwhelm the hospitals and medical centres which means we'll still have to take precautions so we can minimise deaths

      ShamrockShamrock8 ամիս առաջ
    • @Shamrock Those plagues still exist, the mortality rates quoted were with the aid of modern medicine. Covid is high transmission, low mortality just like influenza aka the common flu. As exposed populations develop heard immunity the threat of Covid will disappear.

      britshellbritshell8 ամիս առաջ
    • @britshell the key difference here however is that those plagues were not nearly as contagious and the world wasn't as developed as it is now. What could have taken a plague months to travel from continent to continent took days with COVID-19 thanks to air travel. What makes COVID-19 dangerous is it's incredibly high contagoisness where as SARS-COV-1 had a much higher fatality rate but much lower contagoisness and thus it was stopped before killing even 1,000 people. Same with Ebola, a disease with a very high fatality rate, but bot as contagious and thankfully emerged in a rural area that could be quarentined

      ShamrockShamrock8 ամիս առաջ
    • ​@Shamrock The morality rate is actually quite low when compared to other infectious diseases for example; Bubonic plague is fatal in about 15% cases even when treated, Septicaemic plague is 40% fatal with treatment & the Pneumonic plague is 100% fatal, regardless of treatment. So, 6% is not very high.

      britshellbritshell8 ամիս առաջ
  • every time i see "wendover" i smile because i automatically read bendover. i don't know why but it doesn't end.

    dasis terosdasis teros8 ամիս առաջ
    • “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” ― Mark Twain

      oiuet souiuoiuet souiu8 ամիս առաջ
  • The next video better be on he logistics of logistics

    Ryan NgRyan Ng8 ամիս առաջ
  • Quest Diagnostics have a location at Walmart in my area (Probably the pharmacy...)? Do they do any research on improving testing?

    hbarudihbarudi8 ամիս առաջ
  • Love that you mention Elmira New York's airport. Worked there for 10 years, and I knew the Quest Diagnostics lady that came on a strict schedule every week. It was a great small airport.

    Jon PaulJon Paul8 ամիս առաջ
  • 3:19 I don't "like" a Wendover Productions video until I see the first airplane.

    Nile McMillionNile McMillion8 ամիս առաջ
  • Wendover: *says Gainesville* Me, with lizard brain: G O G A T O R S

    creshiellcreshiell8 ամիս առաջ
  • 12:10. With that swab action, I'm wondering what that person being tested for?

    Harvey HHarvey H8 ամիս առաջ
  • Next you should do "The Economics of Getting Demonetised on AMwine"

    ceerw butyceerw buty8 ամիս առաջ
  • how are you supposed to get to a testing centre without a car ?

    Kirt KirtKirt Kirt8 ամիս առաջ
  • 3:20 Oh Airplanes! Didn't see that coming.

    Sandeep N BhandarkarSandeep N Bhandarkar8 ամիս առաջ
  • Let’s all buy this stuff from China ,thanks for this virus that’s Making AmeriKKKa great fools again....

    Claude MaximusClaude Maximus8 ամիս առաջ
  • 1 day late I wont explain why.

    Grasshopper Without GrassGrasshopper Without Grass8 ամիս առաջ
    • Logistics of Covid hoax

      ceerw butyceerw buty8 ամիս առաջ
  • I feel like pool testing doesn't account for a false negative which could be dangerous when getting into large scale pools in lower-risk areas

    Andrew ShyfferAndrew Shyffer8 ամիս առաջ
  • I aint takin no scam test!

    Cinnati OhiocyCinnati Ohiocy8 ամիս առաջ
  • 3:20 is where Airplanes get mentioned first just fyi ;)

    α Tauriα Tauri8 ամիս առաջ
    • 😂

      DiscovrDiscovr8 ամիս առաջ
  • “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” ― Mark Twain

    dutoiu hourdutoiu hour8 ամիս առաջ
  • Hey Wendover Productions, I was wondering if you take actions to help small channels? Just curious. I’m a new youtuber and my videos are quality but I can’t seem to get any eyes on my content just because I’m a small channel. Thanks

    The More You KnowThe More You Know8 ամիս առաջ
  • That segment on pooled testing is incredibly interesting. Great video man!

    andypandy _andypandy _8 ամիս առաջ
  • There is a problem with pooled testing. The threshold for what is considered a positive test is not just one copy of the genome. Let’s say it’s 10 for an individual swab. Now if you throw 10 tests together into a pool, you’d have to adjust the threshold. If you adjust it linearly, youd end up with a threshold of 100 copies of the gene. Now let’s say 9 of there zests are actually negative and there would be no copies detectable of tested individually, but there is one test that is positive. If this test would have, let’s say, 99 copies of the genome in it, it would end up as a positive test result if individually tested but negative or invalid if pooled. I currently organizing about 2k tests a week for a company and tust me, pooling and these thresholds for what is considered a positive test (by the way they are basically chosen by the lab not the government or WHO) are a real headache.

    Arni SteinArni Stein8 ամիս առաջ
    • In the U.K. , we use the army to help testing so there is no need for private companies

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