Thursday, May 21, 2020
An analysis of state reported coronavirus cases and those reported by the CDC for states during that same time period show extreme differences. WLRN looked into Florida, the state that has the most extreme difference in CDC vs state reporting. "Asked about the discrepancy, the CDC told WLRN that it is lumping together antibody tests along with tests for active COVID-19 infections, in an apparent conflation of its own antibody testing definitions ... Even if traces of COVID-19 are found in an antibody test, those results are not logged by states or by the CDC as "positive" results for an acute infection. Grouping the two together could make it seem that a smaller percentage of people who have received tests are positive with COVID-19, since antibody tests do not measure acute infections at all." WLRN notes that an archived CDC website page from last week notes that the CDC did not include antibody tests.
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