President Donald Trump has\u0026nbsp;claimed\u0026nbsp;that testing in the United States for the coronavirus is \u0022the best in the world\u0022 and has even suggested there is too much testing.But the \u0022short answer\u0022 to a\u0026nbsp;New York Times\u0026#039; headline asking on Friday, \u0022Is Your State Doing Enough Coronavirus Testing?\u0022 is that moststates are not, the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute said Friday.According to researchers at the institute\u0026nbsp;and the Covid Tracking Project, the number of daily coronavirus tests being conducted in the U.S. is only 39% of the target rate needed to mitigate the spread of the virus.\u0026nbsp;Without a standardized federal testing strategy, states have been left to procure and administer tests themselves, leaving some of the hardest-hit states testing at some of the lowest rates in the nation.\u0026nbsp;Just 12 states—Maine, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Alaska, Hawaii, West Virginia, Montana, Kansas, and Washington, D.C.—are testing at the optimal rate, the Times reported. Five states are approaching the target, but the vast majority of states—34 overall—are \u0022far below\u0022 the target rate.\u0026nbsp;Nationwide, the U.S. tested 634,000 people per day in the last week. According to epidemiologists at Harvard, with an outbreak as large as the one in the United States, 1.6 million people must be tested per day to mitigate the virus. Suppressing the virus, as New Zealand, Iceland, and Vietnam have, would take far more daily tests.Trump has repeatedly bragged about the nation\u0026#039;s testing regiment but called for\u0026nbsp;the testing rate to be slowed down or halted,\u0026nbsp;falsely claiming that more testing is the reason for an increased infection rate.\u0026nbsp;On Wednesday, a Republican state lawmaker in Ohio pleaded with constituents\u0026nbsp; to \u0022stop getting tested!\u0022 and\u0026nbsp;claimed that doing so is \u0022giving the government an excuse to claim something is happening that is not happening at the magnitude they say it is happening.\u0022\u0026nbsp;\u0022We aren\u0026#039;t\u0026nbsp;doing too much testing,\u0022 said Ashish Jha, director of\u0026nbsp;the\u0026nbsp;Harvard\u0026nbsp;Global Health Institute. \u0022We\u0026#039;re doing too few.\u0022Is your state doing\u0026nbsp;enough testing?Great to have\u0026nbsp;@collinskeith use our @harvardgh approachShort answer: 39 states don\u0026#039;t meet basic testing targetA few are closeMost are far, far awayWe aren\u0026#039;t\u0026nbsp;doing too much testing. We are doing too fewhttps://t.co/bNYgci40sg—\u0026nbsp;Ashish \u0022The pandemic is still with us\u0022 Jha (@ashishkjha)\u0026nbsp;July 10, 2020To meet the level of testing recommended by Harvard experts, the U.S. would have to double its daily rate, the Times reported.\u0026nbsp;\u0022At minimum there should be enough daily capacity to test anyone who has flu-like symptoms and an additional 10 people for any symptomatic person who tests positive for the virus,\u0022 wrote Keith Collins at the Times.Epidemiologist Abdul El-Sayed pointed out that the U.S. has \u0022been at this since February\u0022 but still lags behind several other countries in its testing capacity, despite having the world\u0026#039;s largest outbreak of Covid-19.We are doing 39%\u0026nbsp;of the amount of testing that we need to mitigate the spread of\u0026nbsp;#COVID19...and we\u0026#039;ve been at this since\u0026nbsp;February.— Abdul El-Sayed (@AbdulElSayed) July 10, 2020While the U.S. has performed more total tests than any other country, Trump\u0026#039;s claim that \u0022America leads the world in testing\u0022 is inaccurate based on the per-capita rate of testing, according to FactCheck.org.Denmark has tested more people per capita than any other country as of July 9. Russia, Israel, Iceland, and Australia have also tested far more people per 1,000 residents than the United States.FactCheck.org also pointed out that the U.S. fell far behind other countries in the crucial early weeks of the pandemic. South Korea was lauded for its testing capacity in early March, when it was testing 10,000 people per day. At the time, the U.S. provided no public information about how many people it was testing. The U.S. only reached South Korea\u0026#039;s daily testing capacity on April 15, when South Korea\u0026#039;s case numbers had already begun to fall dramatically.\u0026nbsp; \u0026nbsp;\u0022Economic researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis\u0026nbsp;noted in an April 22 paper\u0026nbsp;that South Korea\u0026#039;s early testing \u0026#039;seems to have paid off,\u0026#039; while U.S. \u0026#039;inaction\u0026#039; resulted in more confirmed COVID-19 cases,\u0022 wrote Lori Robertson and Eugene Kiely at FactCheck.org.