On March 6 Cuomo insisted, "The overall risk level of the novel coronavirus in New York remains low" and said, "We have more people in this country dying from the flu than we have dying from coronavirus." As late as March 8, Cuomo, instead of advising people to stay away from the subway, advised New Yorkers to seek out less-crowded subway cars, the mass-transit equivalent of saying, "Let them eat cake." read more
Silver responded, "Not providing context on the increase in testing is such a basic error, and has been so widespread, that it's revealing about the media's goals. It's more interested in telling plausibly-true stories ("narratives") that sound smart to its audience than in accuracy/truth per se." Thus, while the raw number of Americans being infected has been increasing more precipitously as a result of greater testing, the percentage of those testing positive has also declined. Silver pointed out on Twitter that the media isn't helping when it fails to explain the nuances of the debate. "Trump has figured this out! By focusing on case counts, the media creates disincentives to do more testing because it makes the numbers look superficially worse. One reason (not the only one) why we're not pushing for testing as much as we should."