Trump's claims about how much testing we're doing begs some context - 2020-05-01

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F347.png Trump's claims about how much testing we're doing begs some context May 1, 2020, Scott Pilutik, Underground Bunker

I don't know how much mileage Trump thinks he's getting from the claim that 'we've done the most testing of any country' in support of "reopening" the economy, but it's a claim that begs some context.

First: Of course we've tested the most people — we have the most people who have shown up at the hospital infected, who then get tested. We have five times as many confirmed cases as the next nearest country, Spain.

Second: Using total number of tests performed is a less useful measure than tests performed as a percentage of population. The United States trails eight countries in this regard.

Third: The type of testing Trump is referring to — testing of likely infected people — isn't the type of testing that will enable us to return to some sense of normalcy. We need to be able to test the potentially asymptomatic (i.e., everyone), and we need to develop and administer a reliable antibody test.

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{{cite news | first = Scott | last = Pilutik | title = Trump's claims about how much testing we're doing begs some context | url = https://tonyortega.org/2020/05/01/trumps-claims-about-how-much-testing-were-doing-begs-some-context/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = May 1, 2020 | accessdate = May 2, 2020 }}