The center for disease control and prevention just admitted that they have been lying about the corona testing data for their own convenience. They have been combining the data from viral and antibody tests, even though the tests have different implications.
There are two types of test that can detect a COVID-19 infection- a viral test and an antibody test. The viral test determines the presence of the virus in a suspect’s body, deciding whether the individual is suffering from COVID-19. The antibody tests, on the other hand, tests for the presence of an antibody produced by individuals exposed to COVID-19.
Testing positive for the antibody doesn’t necessarily mean that the individual is sick- it means that the individual has been exposed to the virus. She might be recovered, or asymptomatic. Even though they have the ability to infect others, testing positive for the antibody doesn’t ensure that the individuals are in danger. Combining the data for the two tests have grave implications.
For starters, the antibody test has a lower accuracy rate. Testing negative for the two tests also have different implications. Testing negative for the viral test means you’re not sick. Testing negative for the antibody test means that you are not sick-yet. Dismissing the probability of danger for an individual who has been negative on the antibody test is widely misleading- this individual might be infected and not know it, or they might be in the danger of infection in future. So combining the two tests can be used to manipulate the media, because the mass does not understand the difference.
We all know that the Trump administration has been itching for reopening the economy. While they have their heart in the right place, it is still dangerous considering the rate of infection and the death toll. What if this data manipulation has been done simply because they want to reopen?
What if the CDC is undermining the danger of the current situation based on false information? What if this has been done intentionally to manipulate the public opinion regarding the reopening of the economy?
What if the government is simply trying to make it look like that it’s safer to reopen when it actually isn’t? This whole ordeal has yet again proven that in the united states of America, money and the economy is more important that the citizen of the country. Since the uber-rich are safe anyway, who cares if the mass keeps dying for a very preventable infection? So let’s just tell them that it’s safe to go out. The people that will die can be dismissed as collateral damage. Is this the America we wanted? Is this the type of psychopathic state our ancestors fought for? When did we start putting more value on the arbitrary idea of an economy than the very real, tangible existence of human lives? Are we still going to stand by and watch? Will we really let a few number of rich people decide whether millions of others get to live or die? Maybe we will. Because we are cowards unwilling to go up against the establishment. This is exactly what we deserve.
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