The politics of coronavirus testing

You have a 101 degree fever and a bad cough. Do you meet the U.S. government’s criteria for a COVID-19 test? No.

Early on March 12, I received a call from my ex-wife. Our 20-year-old son had returned from college feeling sick. He had a bad cough and woke with a 101 degree fever. She had called an urgent care facility near her home in Maryland and was taking him there.

“Make sure you get the doctor to do a coronavirus test,” I said, thinking he surely would get that after one of the most dramatic days in modern American history on March 11…