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0848, 13 Nov 20

Temperature and Symptom Screening are Useless


(CNN) — Temperature and symptom-based screening programs don’t help catch coronavirus cases, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report that took a closer look at the programs used at US airports until mid-September.
The CDC said this was a resource-intensive program that had a low case detection rate. Between January 17 and September 13, the CDC screened more than 766,000 travelers. Nearly 300 met the criteria for public health assessment, 35 were tested for the coronavirus, and nine tested positive. That means the program identified about one case per 85,000 travelers screened, the CDC reported Thursday in the agency’s weekly report.
This style of screening doesn’t seem to work for a few reasons. Covid-19 has a wide range of nonspecific symptoms common to other infections, there are a high number of asymptomatic cases, travelers may deny symptoms or take steps to avoid detection and passenger data was limited.

0848, 13 November 2020


  1. Jason

    But I thought the CDC was a science and data driven organization? This sounds more like a guess and an incorrect one at that!

  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    Liberals crying, “but science”!

  3. steveegg

    The only “science” liberals believe in is the political “science” as taught by Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao.

  4. Kevin Scheunemann

    The science of totalitarianism, which liberals just foam at mouth to embrace.

  5. Jason

    78.6 million Americans voted for biden because they are idiots.   biden is going to do far worse than Trump in dealing with Covid, even riding on all the success Trump has brought – such as a vaccine in the 2020 Calendar year.  78.6 million Americans wasted their freedom ticket in 2020.

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