6 thoughts on “Coronavirus testing numbers…removed from CDC website

  1. Ignorance is bliss says:

    “Federal officials have said that as of Friday [3/6/20] 5,861 tests have been conducted. But that’s actually the number of samples tested, and some tests require more than one sample—so that number doesn’t reflect the actual total number of individual people tested. A recent tally in The Atlantic confirmed only 1,895 people had been tested. For comparison, South Korea is testing 10,000 people every day. https://www.wired.com/story/trumps-coronavirus-press-event-was-even-worse-than-it-looked/
    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, President Trump, and CDC Director Robert Redfield during a press conference at the Atlanta headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday. (photo by Hyosub Shin [AP])

  2. n00b says:

    “Updated every minute, 17-year-old whiz kid’s coronavirus site used by millions : A self-taught computer maven from Seattle, Avi Schiffmann uses web scraping technology to accurately report on developing pandemic, while fighting misinformation and panic” https://www.timesofisrael.com/updated-every-minute-17-year-old-whiz-kids-coronavirus-site-used-by-millions/
    The website, ncov2019.live [ https://ncov2019.live/data ], has been visited by 12 million people since it launched in late December.

  3. And Aaaway We Go! says:

    “Two senior Trump political appointees departed the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a senior official at the agency confirmed to CNN.
    Kyle McGowan, the chief of staff, and Amanda Campbell, the deputy chief of staff, resigned effective Friday, leaving to start a consulting firm, the official said. Both left voluntarily, the official added. CNN has reached out to McGowan and Campbell for comment.
    Politico first reported the news of their departures.
    The pair had been criticized by Trump administration officials for not being loyal enough.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/15/politics/cdc-chief-of-staff-deputy-kyle-mcgowan-amanda-campbell-depart/index.html
    Politico: “CDC’s chief of staff, deputy chief of staff jointly depart” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/14/cdc-chief-of-staff-departs-395509
    CDC: “Observed and forecasted new and total reported COVID-19 deaths as of August 10, 2020.” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/forecasting-us.html
    “This week CDC received forecasts of national COVID-19 deaths over the next 4 weeks from 31 modeling groups. Of the 31 groups, 29 provided forecasts for both new and total deaths and two provided forecasts for total deaths only.
    This week’s national ensemble forecast predicts that 4,200 to 10,600 new COVID-19 deaths will be reported during the week ending September 5 and that 180,000 to 200,000 total COVID-19 deaths will be reported by that date.

  4. Doc says:

    “Trump breaks with CDC director on potential for ‘worst fall’ amid pandemic, flu season” (8/15/20) https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/512196-trump-breaks-with-cdc-director-on-potential-for-worst-fall-amid
    “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clarified on Friday that its updated quarantine guidance does not imply people who are infected with the coronavirus are immune to reinfection.” (8/15/20) https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/15/cdc-guidance-does-not-imply-immunity-to-coronavirus-for-3-months.html
    “Leaders at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were blindsided this week when President Donald Trump announced that the agency could deploy teams to assist schools with safely reopening in the fall, a senior CDC official told CNN.” (8/16/20) https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/cdc-blindsided-by-trumps-statement-it-could-deploy-teams-to-schools-this-fall/ar-BB1803W5


    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly changed its COVID-19 testing guidelines this week; it now says those with no coronavirus symptoms need not get tested—even if they’ve had a recent exposure to the virus. https://www.newser.com/story/295410/cdc-changes-tune-no-tests-for-those-without-symptoms.html “This is potentially dangerous,” one infectious disease physician tells the New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/25/health/covid-19-testing-cdc.html “I feel like this is going to make things worse.” A clinical microbiologist calls the move “very strange,” and a mathematician and infectious diseases modeler goes with “bizarre.” Experts are pointing to the fact that around 50% of transmission events can be traced to pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic people. Most experts have been encouraging more testing, not less. “It seems as though this new guidance is actively discouraging people from seeking testing, even if they have a known exposure,” one of those experts, a research scientist, tells NBC News. https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/cdc-reverses-covid-19-guidance-says-testing-may-not-be-n1238013

    (June 15, 2020) “President Donald Trump said Monday that there would be very few cases of the coronavirus if the US stopped its testing and contact tracing. “If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, actually,” the president said during a roundtable event for seniors.” https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-stop-coronavirus-testing-right-now-have-very-few-cases-2020-6

    • Bait & Switch says:

      “A sudden change in federal guidelines on coronavirus testing came this week as a result of pressure from the upper ranks of the Trump administration, a federal health official close to the process tells CNN, and a key White House coronavirus task force member was not part of the meeting when the new guidelines were discussed.
      “It’s coming from the top down,” the official said of the new directive from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/26/politics/cdc-coronavirus-testing-guidance/index.html
      White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said he was in surgery and not part of the discussion during the August 20 task force meeting when updated guidelines were discussed. He also said: “I am concerned about the interpretation of these recommendations and worried it will give people the incorrect assumption that asymptomatic spread is not of great concern. In fact it is.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/26/politics/fauci-coronavirus-cdc-testing/index.html

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