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0904, 21 May 20

States Are Combining Test Results

It is certainly concerning when we make broad, sweeping policy decisions based on suspect data. At the very least, this makes comparisons between states difficult.

(CNN)At least four states combined data from two different test results, potentially providing a misleading picture of when and where coronavirus spread as the nation eases restrictions.

More than 1.5 million people in the United States have tested positive for coronavirus and over 93,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Virginia, Texas, Georgia, and Vermont have said they’ve been adding two numbers to their totals: viral test results and antibody test results.
Viral tests are taken by nose swab or saliva sample, and look for direct evidence someone currently has Covid-19. By contrast, antibody tests use blood samples to look for biological signals that a person has been exposed to the virus in the past.

0904, 21 May 2020

1 Comment

  1. jjf

    sweeping policy decisions based on suspect data

    Wait’ll you learn about the Iraq war!

    Texas, Virginia and Vermont have said they’ve recognized the data issue and moved to fix it in the past few days.

    What’s that, they’re aware of the issue?

    So how would you like it to be, Owen?  States as independent laboratories of democracy, or Federal agreement on testing and numbers?


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