While social media chatter and the news media quickly point to 'false positive' virus results, there is seldom if ever any mention of 'false negative' results...and those are the ones we should be really concerned about.
To be clear, a large number of 'false positive' results may inflate figures, and at worst; cause diagnosed patients to be quarantined unnecessarily. However, a large number of 'false negative' results allows truly infected people to unknowingly continue infecting others. False 'negatives' are where we need to be focused.
How common are 'false negative' results, compared to 'false positives'?
According to the most recent news stories, the FDA warned that one test could be generating up to 3% FALSE POSITIVES (story here). By contrast, Johns Hopkins University warns that some tests could be delivering FALSE NEGATIVES in as many as 20% of the cases, depending on when the test is administered (story here).
To add even more concern, of the 200 tests currently available on the market, more than 30 of them have been ordered to stop distribution as they have been deemed ineffective. (story here)
If the researchers at Johns Hopkins are correct, and as many as 20% of the truly infected are being missed...the numbers are considerably higher than we are being told, and the end result is a prolonged medical, societal, and economic battle that could last much longer than we expected. To quote one researcher, "This pandemic is far from over...we're just at the beginning of it." (story here).
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, families are continuing to struggle with financial problems caused by layoffs, business closings, a negatively impacted economy, and (quite frankly) a lack of preparation for the chance of a rainy day. But in fairness, who could have predicted anything like this?
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