CDC Lumping Positive Covid-19 Viral & Antibody Tests Together. Here’s Why That’s Bad.

The CDC is lumping positive COVID-19 viral and antibody tests together. Here's why that's bad.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several state health departments have been reporting COVID-19 diagnostic tests and antibody tests as one grand tally, rather than keeping their results separate, The Atlantic reported . Reporting these numbers as a lump sum, rather than two distinct data points, presents several major issues. Namely, combining the numbers could make America’s diagnostic testing capabilities and testing rates appear higher than they actually are, according to The Atlantic. And as the tests serve profoundly different purposes, “positive” results from either test cannot be interpreted in the same way. Reporting all […]

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