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    Corona Testing

    Does anyone else wonder about the efficacy of testing at this point? If people test negative will that give them a false sense of security? You could test positive today and with community spread get the virus tomorrow.

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    I don't know why a person testing negative would think they are resistant to a future infection, but people are odd sometimes.

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    According to Anthony Fauci, testing is absolutely crucial to determine the location, spread, speed of transmission, etc. Without it, epidemiologists are working blind. Also to warn infected people to self-sequester. I can't think of one reason not to test, except to enable a false sense of security, and keep Trump's all-important "numbers" low. We seem to be the most untested industrialized country, by far.

    Also, there is some evidence that infected people don't all (any?) develop immunity to this virus.

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    "Most doctors today cannot test people for coronavirus, because we just don't have the tests. Every other major country has figured out how to do it. South Korea is testing 15,000 people a day," says Dr. Ashish Jha of the Harvard Global Health Institute. (From PBS NewsHour)

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    Our governor started crying during yesterday’s news conference when he said we didn’t have enough tests and have been begging Pence‘a team for more.

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    It really is only common sense but with our administration and the fear it has created in the civil service, this is what we get.

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    But but but...our Commander in Chief stated "we have this under control". So what are you worried about?

    Le sigh...................

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    "Throughout late February, Trump also continued to claim the situation was improving. On Feb. 26, he said: “We’re going down, not up. We’re going very substantially down, not up.” On Feb. 27, he predicted: “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.” On Feb. 29, he said a vaccine would be available “very quickly” and “very rapidly” and praised his administration’s actions as “the most aggressive taken by any country.” None of these claims were true."
    (NYT, March 15, 2020)

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    What Bernie said, "The first thing we got to do is shut this president up right now". I could complain on many Trump virus blunders, but that pretty much sums it up for me. He's completely incapable of dealing with the situation and it's sort of frightening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar View Post
    it's sort of frightening.
    Sort of?

    After all, you wage war with the president you have, not the president you want."
    Paul Krugman (actually calling out George W. Bush in 2005)
    Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. - Booker T. Washington

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