CDC Accused of Misleading Public on Coronavirus Testing Tally

Headline Roundup May 22nd, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is facing criticism for mixing the results of two separate types of tests when compiling its official tally of nationwide coronavirus testing.

Voices of all political leanings from throughout the spectrum accused the CDC of misleading the American public, with many arguing that the testing figures previously considered to be promising could no longer be trusted.

CDC Accused of Misleading Public on Coronavirus Testing Tally

From the Right
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ANALYSIS

After two months lived under the threat of coronavirus, the key characteristic of the crisis remains uncertainty. We don’t know where the virus came from. We still don’t know for sure all the ways it attacks the body, which is a big part of why we still don’t know how best to treat it. We certainly don’t know how to cure it. And as it spreads—despite our best efforts, among asymptomatic carriers and carriers not yet symptomatic and carriers who have no choice but to keep coming into contact with...

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From the Left
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conflating the results of two different types of coronavirus tests, distorting several important metrics and providing the country with an inaccurate picture of the state of the pandemic. We’ve learned that the CDC is making, at best, a debilitating mistake: combining test results that diagnose current coronavirus infections with test results that measure whether someone has ever had the virus. The upshot is that the government’s disease-fighting agency is overstating the country’s ability to test people who are sick with COVID-19. The...

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From the Center
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has acknowledged that it is mixing the results of two different kinds of tests in the agency's tally of testing for the coronavirus, raising concerns among some scientists that it could be creating an inaccurate picture of the state of the pandemic in the United States.

The CDC combines the results of genetic tests that spot people who are actively infected, mostly by using a process known as polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, with results from another, known as serology testing, which looks...

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