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EU ban on travel from U.S. relies on misleading coronavirus data, punishes testing gains

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EU ban on travel from U.S. relies on misleading coronavirus data, punishes testing gains

By Michael Fumento

justthenews.com

 

....Second, as The Atlantic reported last month in article entitled “How Could the CDC Make That Mistake?” the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), under its controversial director Robert Redfield, is conflating antibody tests that indicate past infection with antigen (viral) tests showing current infection. That superficially scary U.S. infection rate thus includes antibody-positives, who actually make the most desirable foreign visitors because they won’t get sick on your soil and won’t be infecting your people. The commingling of the two kinds of tests, moreover, is made to order for double-counting, since a person who tests positive for the actual virus will later probably test positive for the antibody also. 

So those articles you’ve been reading about U.S. case rates going back up (while deaths suspiciously stay flat  or decline)? The best explanation may not be the easing of lockdown restrictions, as has been implied by innumerable scare headlines in the media. It may instead be the U.S.  testing surge, plus case numbers misleadingly inflated by double-counting.

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Ashish Jha, the K. T. Li Professor of Global Health at Harvard and the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said to The Atlantic when told what the CDC was doing. “This is a mess,” he said.

Whether it’s somehow a “mistake” as both he and article state is debatable, but either way, the U.S. government has effectively invited exaggerated COVID-19 numbers in multiple ways, including:

The CDC does not require COVID-19 positivity to declare a case as coronavirus

The CDC has conflated “death with” the virus and “death from” to the extent that the number of fatalities attributed to COVID-19 may be highly inflated.

The Medicare program that covers Americans over age 65 pays a 20% premium if a case is declared COVID-19, which creates a strong temptation for hospitals to overcount.

Cui Bono..right?

rest here:https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/coronavirus/eu-ban-travel-us-relies-misleading-coronavirus-data-punishes-testing

 

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Taggart Transcontinental

The intent is to make it scary. No mention ever as to how many people have recovered from this. The government knows but these agencies keep that information to themselves. They intentionally tanked our economy and now they want to pretend they were justified in their actions. This is a big joke of a virus that just makes you feel like crap. Some will die, but some die of driving, drinking, swimming, cancer, shooting fireworks up their nose, etc.

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