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Old 09-10-2020, 02:25 PM
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Interesting article on Coronavirus testing.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/29/h...s-testing.html



Old 09-10-2020, 02:32 PM
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Didn't bother with the link, but my impression is that COVID tests are not all necessarily accurate based on various reports.
Old 09-10-2020, 07:39 PM
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All I need to see is NYTIMES. Not worth reading
Old 09-11-2020, 09:33 AM
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Why does anyone read the NYT's?

Might as well read The Onion.

At least there is some humor in The Onion, and just a factual.

https://www.google.com/search?channe...-d&q=The+Onion.








Old 09-11-2020, 09:54 AM
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I chose not to finish the article, too much crap and misinformation in the first half alone. Someone doesn't know the difference between sensitivity and specificity. A test with high sensitivity has few false negatives. A test with high specificity has few false positives. The sensitivity of PCR testing for Covid-2 is terrible. Specificity of these tests is better but far from stellar.
If you pay attention to the details the author states that a test which detects the presence of the virus (infection) is not good. She wants a test that only detects the virus in individuals who have symptoms of Covid. Really? Hellooo? One of the big issues with Covid is that asymptomatic infected individuals communicate this disease to others. And she doesn't want a test that detects asymptomatic individuals because it's too sensitive? Wow!, Just wow!
The statement that a person with higher viral loads is more contagious than a person with a lower viral load is also groundless. I could go on, but I have made my point. This article is a model for showing how someone can take a few valid facts, add some ignorance and promulgate grossly erroneous information.
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Pretty typical for the NYT's


Old 09-11-2020, 12:32 PM
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If you have time, this is the most complete explanation on covid testing that I have seen,, it actually makes sense. covid testing
Old 09-11-2020, 01:07 PM
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Guys, thank you for saving my time

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