The Logistics of Covid-19 Testing

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  1. minecraft sucks

    minecraft sucks7 kun oldin


  2. Ulf Hesse

    Ulf HesseOy oldin

    No logic in this logistic

  3. iseemtobelost

    iseemtobelost2 oy oldin

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

  4. Hari Petrov

    Hari Petrov3 oy oldin

    "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

  5. Andrei Arama

    Andrei Arama3 oy oldin

    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 UZnick. You just lost an subscriber

  6. Whyte Noyse

    Whyte Noyse4 oy oldin

    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 UZnick

  7. personn

    personn5 oy oldin

    Hi from 2021

  8. 虞海

    虞海6 oy oldin

    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.

  9. Dark humour

    Dark humour6 oy oldin

    Wendover: logistics of German U boats during WW2 Also wendover: under the sea there are planes

  10. jane can’t dance

    jane can’t dance6 oy oldin

    As a British citizen, don’t say Morrisons like that. Please, please don’t.

  11. Liv Quin

    Liv Quin7 oy oldin

    10:47 r/agedlikemilk

  12. Jeevat TV

    Jeevat TV7 oy oldin

  13. The Jewish Kingdom Of Ablaristan

    The Jewish Kingdom Of Ablaristan7 oy oldin

    I hate the rona

  14. Mook

    Mook7 oy oldin

    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

  15. John Hanson

    John Hanson7 oy oldin

    why arent they talking about the new bird flu..or..common flu which comes every winter that also kills people

  16. Shamrock

    Shamrock7 oy oldin

    Because we have vaccines for that

  17. Luke Olson

    Luke Olson7 oy oldin

    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.

  18. lakshmivallabh

    lakshmivallabh8 oy oldin


  19. Alex Sørlie Glomsaas

    Alex Sørlie Glomsaas8 oy oldin

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

  20. Leon Kluthausen

    Leon Kluthausen8 oy oldin

    He went 3:20 without mentioning airplanes. I think that might be a new record!

  21. Amelia Brittain

    Amelia Brittain8 oy oldin

    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.

  22. Henry Allen

    Henry Allen8 oy oldin

    3:20 first mention of airplanes

  23. RYG

    RYG8 oy oldin

    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

  24. Dec

    Dec9 oy oldin

    @10:01 ohey it's salt lake

  25. Rio Kitaoji

    Rio Kitaoji9 oy oldin

    It's a scam yo

  26. gvi341984

    gvi3419849 oy oldin

    Seems like the pandemic was fake but the virus is real

  27. Logan Tricks

    Logan Tricks9 oy oldin

    This guy sounds like HAI. They should collab

  28. Mz Mayer

    Mz Mayer9 oy oldin

    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?

  29. Abdullah Ansari

    Abdullah Ansari9 oy oldin

    Pretty sure he just includes planes in every video now as a funny tradition.

  30. Rohit Kumar Sharma

    Rohit Kumar Sharma9 oy oldin

    Next up: The logistics of making a wendover video!

  31. Josip Ćurić

    Josip Ćurić9 oy oldin

    How long until you move completly to Nebula, as now parts of your videos are only available on Nebula?

  32. Philippe Dujic

    Philippe Dujic9 oy oldin

    yay 0:43 was in my country

  33. Dreamer ALDC

    Dreamer ALDC9 oy oldin

    I'm waiting for when on half as interesting he says ' This video was made possible by Wendover productions'

  34. Erik Van de Water

    Erik Van de Water9 oy oldin

    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.

  35. pierre dda

    pierre dda9 oy oldin

    In France, the average time to have a diagnosis with PCR is 10h, 3 in an emergency situation. And for free...

  36. Abdulla Bin Talib

    Abdulla Bin Talib9 oy oldin

    I'm waiting for new episodes on Extremities

  37. Think

    Think10 oy oldin

    Make Nebula free, then I’ll watch.

  38. A P

    A P10 oy oldin

    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 @

  39. Daniel Kintigh

    Daniel Kintigh10 oy oldin

    You forgot to mention the part where China prohibited their science community from sharing the sequencing for over 2 weeks

  40. makatak3

    makatak310 oy oldin

  41. Cool Cat films

    Cool Cat films10 oy oldin

    I saw this video because I know about HALF as interesting

  42. Zach Billings

    Zach Billings10 oy oldin

    Surprisingly good video!

  43. MrPeaceandLiberty

    MrPeaceandLiberty10 oy oldin

    According to a July 1st article published by the Bulgarian Pathology Association, covid19 PCR tests are scientifically meaningless.

  44. Tim McMahan

    Tim McMahan10 oy oldin

    Hey, 3 minutes 18 seconds without talking about airplanes... good work!

  45. Philip Farra

    Philip Farra10 oy oldin

    That was interesting. Thanks!

  46. Fatty Acid

    Fatty Acid10 oy oldin

    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.

  47. mike shivers

    mike shivers10 oy oldin


  48. foxtailedcritter

    foxtailedcritter10 oy oldin

    A I R P L A N E S

  49. unknown 1984

    unknown 198410 oy oldin

    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

  50. WɅVeCɅst

    WɅVeCɅst10 oy oldin

    Yeah this is basically SARS again but we got power munchers capitalizing on the naivety of the masses

  51. Timber Wolf

    Timber Wolf10 oy oldin

    *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

  52. Buvana Narayan

    Buvana Narayan10 oy oldin

    3:19 AHH I thought about this earlier.

  53. Aaron Oneal

    Aaron Oneal10 oy oldin

    Please do a video about ecosia they are a search engine that plants trees

  54. Ashik Jonathan

    Ashik Jonathan10 oy oldin

    logistically speaking

  55. Alex has a trombone

    Alex has a trombone10 oy oldin

    I knew it would somehow get back to planes

  56. Saket Kamtikar

    Saket Kamtikar10 oy oldin

    I feel so smart after watching wendover videos I am just thinking about how smart this guy might be

  57. Saket Kamtikar

    Saket Kamtikar10 oy oldin

    The amount of research this guy does, Is just purely amazing...

  58. More Tea Is Required

    More Tea Is Required10 oy oldin

    Ah yes, aeroplane man is imparting his knowledge once again

  59. Gacheru Mburu

    Gacheru Mburu10 oy oldin


  60. Gux

    Gux10 oy oldin

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

  61. Andrei Andreev

    Andrei Andreev10 oy oldin

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

  62. pnuks

    pnuks10 oy oldin

    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

  63. James Cnossen

    James Cnossen10 oy oldin

    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.

  64. Matthew Cecil

    Matthew Cecil10 oy oldin

    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.

  65. David Bob

    David Bob10 oy oldin

    Basically, pooled sampling is a gamble. Individual testing just takes more time.

  66. Profiteralidad

    Profiteralidad10 oy oldin

    The diction of "therefore" throughs me off every time :S

  67. John Jr

    John Jr10 oy oldin

    I knew airplanes were involved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  68. Michael Mccarthy

    Michael Mccarthy10 oy oldin

    Its a nice reliable turboprop single....

  69. DOMiNO

    DOMiNO10 oy oldin

    With all the Karen’s and anti vaxxers out there I don’t think we’ll ever get out of this pandemic situation

  70. Kri

    Kri10 oy oldin

    highly informative

  71. David Lee

    David Lee10 oy oldin

    Its pronounced Val-dah-sta

  72. Uri Ulrich

    Uri Ulrich10 oy oldin

    I actually did some testing, before my employer (the German Red Cross) prohibited doing so in my free time.

  73. vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuyt10 oy oldin

    Me: Wonder how he's going to bring up planes Wendover: PLANES MAKE SHIPPING FASTER Me: there it is

  74. Mike Pressler

    Mike Pressler10 oy oldin

    Actually the CDC says asymptomatic carriers aren't contagious

  75. Darksteiner

    Darksteiner10 oy oldin

    I never knew Wendover was an existentialist. At least we have that in common.

  76. Filip Rank

    Filip Rank10 oy oldin

    You should precise in the title that the video is about the USA.

  77. one tome plz

    one tome plz10 oy oldin

    Thing exists* Wendover: planes people planes

  78. vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuyt10 oy oldin

    Wendover: says Gainesville Me, with lizard brain: G O G A T O R S

  79. one tome plz

    one tome plz10 oy oldin

    If we just don’t test there no Corona- trump

  80. [REDACTED] Z

    [REDACTED] Z10 oy oldin

    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

  81. Evrnire84

    Evrnire8410 oy oldin

    We need logistics of a Wendover video

  82. Wakadude Plays

    Wakadude Plays10 oy oldin

    Ahh yes logistics

  83. HaoYang Yue

    HaoYang Yue10 oy oldin

    Wendover: planes, just planes

  84. oiuet souiu

    oiuet souiu10 oy oldin

    Let's see how airplanes fit into this one.

  85. britshell

    britshell10 oy oldin

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

  86. britshell

    britshell10 oy oldin

    @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.

  87. Shamrock

    Shamrock10 oy oldin

    @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

  88. britshell

    britshell10 oy oldin

    @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.

  89. Shamrock

    Shamrock10 oy oldin

    @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

  90. britshell

    britshell10 oy oldin

    ​@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.

  91. dasis teros

    dasis teros10 oy oldin

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

  92. oiuet souiu

    oiuet souiu10 oy oldin

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

  93. Ryan Ng

    Ryan Ng10 oy oldin

    The next video better be on he logistics of logistics

  94. hbarudi

    hbarudi10 oy oldin

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

  95. Jon Paul

    Jon Paul10 oy oldin

    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.

  96. Nile McMillion

    Nile McMillion10 oy oldin

    3:19 I don't "like" a Wendover Productions video until I see the first airplane.

  97. creshiell

    creshiell10 oy oldin

    Wendover: *says Gainesville* Me, with lizard brain: G O G A T O R S

  98. Harvey H

    Harvey H10 oy oldin

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

  99. Kirt Kirt

    Kirt Kirt10 oy oldin

    how are you supposed to get to a testing centre without a car ?

  100. Sandeep N Bhandarkar

    Sandeep N Bhandarkar10 oy oldin

    3:20 Oh Airplanes! Didn't see that coming.

  101. Claude Maximus

    Claude Maximus10 oy oldin

    Let’s all buy this stuff from China ,thanks for this virus that’s Making AmeriKKKa great fools again....

  102. Grasshopper Without Grass

    Grasshopper Without Grass10 oy oldin

    1 day late I wont explain why.

  103. Andrew Shyffer

    Andrew Shyffer10 oy oldin

    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

  104. Cinnati Ohiocy

    Cinnati Ohiocy10 oy oldin

    I aint takin no scam test!

  105. α Tauri

    α Tauri10 oy oldin

    3:20 is where Airplanes get mentioned first just fyi ;)

  106. Discovr

    Discovr10 oy oldin


  107. The More You Know

    The More You Know10 oy oldin

    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

  108. andypandy _

    andypandy _10 oy oldin

    That segment on pooled testing is incredibly interesting. Great video man!

  109. Arni Stein

    Arni Stein10 oy oldin

    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.