How To Read the Numbers

I read this splashed all over everything and watched people scream about how THIS PROVES GEORGIA CAN’T GO BACK TO NORMAL and of course it can’t, but this doesn’t prove dick other than that 1,000 people who weren’t tested before got tested. It’s why testing is the key to this whole thing. You have no idea how many people have this and can spread it until you test everyone.

Your county has no cases? Unless you have tested everyone there, you don’t know you have no cases. What you know for sure is that you have no tests. Your county has a billion cases? Congrats, that sucks, but also at least you know some people got tested.

And, yet again, reminding us forever, NONE OF THIS WOULD BE FUCKING HAPPENING IF WE HADN’T DECIDED TESTING WAS SOMEHOW LIBERAL AND SOLVING PANDEMICS WAS WHAT THAT BLACK PRESIDENT DID AND SO WE WEREN’T GONNA DO IT NO MORE.

Until every single person in American gets tested we can’t hope to contain this, we can only hope to survive it, and that’s what most people are doing by staying home. You go out and lick your guns on the steps of the statehouse, idiots. You’d be far better off holding your non-distanced protests in favor of immediately funding a goddamn WPA army of people to go door to door in every community in the U.S. with rapid-response tests.

That’s the only way to know the size of the disaster we’re dealing with now. Since we missed all the other chances to deal with it, or blew them up on purpose. Until we test everybody, nobody can really know if it’s safe to leave.

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One thought on “How To Read the Numbers

  1. joel hanes says:

    The testing data are hopelessly corrupt.

    That’s why I watch the number of deaths, which, yes, also suffers from several problems, but is IMHO much more sound.
    Try this page, and set the graphs to show 1-week average of new deaths per day.
    http://91-divoc.com/pages/covid-visualization/

    Barring some miracle, the US will suffer well over half a million COVID-19 deaths in calendar year 2020.

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