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Covid-19: Daily US Count + News Updates


https://www.businessinsid...ays-2020-8

US coronavirus testing has dropped dramatically: a 13% decrease in 2 weeks. Public-health experts say the system is broken.



  • The weekly average of daily coronavirus tests administered in the US is now 13% lower than it was at the end of July.
  • Insufficient testing makes it hard to identify new cases in time to contain an outbreak.
  • High test positivity rates in some states could also be a sign that a decline in cases may be partly the result of diminished testing.

disbelief The testing should have a been a priority in February/March. The testing is all over the place and was never established as effective and organized early on. The administration has fucked us all royally on this. As the death count increases...


United States
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Deaths
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[Edited 9/2/20 12:08pm]

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Photo by Los Angeles Times in California. Image may contain: sky and outdoor, text that says 'California becomes first state to pass 600,000 coronavirus cases'


latimes Breaking:

California has become the first state in the nation to surpass 600,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. As of Friday morning, there were more than 602,000 recorded cases and nearly 11,000 deaths. Yet despite the grim numbers, there is growing evidence that the surge in infections and fatalities that began when California reopened its #economy in May is beginning to slow. In Los Angeles County, the effective transmission rate of the #coronavirus is now about 0.86 — meaning that every one infected person passes the virus to an average of 0.86 other people. Last week, the rate was at 0.91. As America’s most populous state, #California was viewed early on as a model in the battle against #COVID_19. But the summer spike has instead made the state a cautionary tale.

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DiminutiveRocker said:


https://www.businessinsid...ays-2020-8


US coronavirus testing has dropped dramatically: a 13% decrease in 2 weeks. Public-health experts say the system is broken.





  • The weekly average of daily coronavirus tests administered in the US is now 13% lower than it was at the end of July.

  • Insufficient testing makes it hard to identify new cases in time to contain an outbreak.

  • High test positivity rates in some states could also be a sign that a decline in cases may be partly the result of diminished testing.


disbelief The testing should have a been a priority in February/March. The testing is all over the place and was never established as effective and organized early on. The administration has fucked us all royally on this. As the death count increases...



United States






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Deaths


167K



+1,149




Damn, this is crazy. Seems like we’re in this for a long time.

Someone told me Trump’s grandfather died during the first wave of the Spanish Flu. Not sure if it was the Spanish Flu he died from, but you would think he would show more sensitivity to what’s happening with the current pandemic.
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2elijah said:

DiminutiveRocker said:


https://www.businessinsid...ays-2020-8

US coronavirus testing has dropped dramatically: a 13% decrease in 2 weeks. Public-health experts say the system is broken.



  • The weekly average of daily coronavirus tests administered in the US is now 13% lower than it was at the end of July.
  • Insufficient testing makes it hard to identify new cases in time to contain an outbreak.
  • High test positivity rates in some states could also be a sign that a decline in cases may be partly the result of diminished testing.

disbelief The testing should have a been a priority in February/March. The testing is all over the place and was never established as effective and organized early on. The administration has fucked us all royally on this. As the death count increases...


United States
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Deaths
167K
+1,149
Damn, this is crazy. Seems like we’re in this for a long time. Someone told me Trump’s grandfather died during the first wave of the Spanish Flu. Not sure if it was the Spanish Flu he died from, but you would think he would show more sensitivity to what’s happening with the current pandemic. [Edited 8/16/20 14:52pm]


No way. He does not care, he just wants to stay in power. He is ramping down tests. Keepong the numbers down (they say they are bigger than we know anyway) He sees the polls, he sees how people are souring on him so his next attempt to stay in power is to either cheat (make it difficult to vote) or call an invalid election. WHO other than a narcissis that wants badly to won would make it more difficult to vote?!?!

170k dead, and counting.

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DiminutiveRocker said:



2elijah said:


DiminutiveRocker said:


https://www.businessinsid...ays-2020-8


US coronavirus testing has dropped dramatically: a 13% decrease in 2 weeks. Public-health experts say the system is broken.





  • The weekly average of daily coronavirus tests administered in the US is now 13% lower than it was at the end of July.

  • Insufficient testing makes it hard to identify new cases in time to contain an outbreak.

  • High test positivity rates in some states could also be a sign that a decline in cases may be partly the result of diminished testing.


disbelief The testing should have a been a priority in February/March. The testing is all over the place and was never established as effective and organized early on. The administration has fucked us all royally on this. As the death count increases...




United States


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Deaths


167K



+1,149



Damn, this is crazy. Seems like we’re in this for a long time. Someone told me Trump’s grandfather died during the first wave of the Spanish Flu. Not sure if it was the Spanish Flu he died from, but you would think he would show more sensitivity to what’s happening with the current pandemic. [Edited 8/16/20 14:52pm]


No way. He does not care, he just wants to stay in power. He is ramping down tests. Keepong the numbers down (they say they are bigger than we know anyway) He sees the polls, he sees how people are souring on him so his next attempt to stay in power is to either cheat (make it difficult to vote) or call an invalid election. WHO other than a narcissis that wants badly to won would make it more difficult to vote?!?!

170k dead, and counting.




Agree, and the craziest thing is that so many repubs are quiet about it. So many of his supporters know this and apparently don’t give a damn as well, what he does to stay in office. In the end it will all backfire, because he already is starting chaos among Americans, and even some who voted for him in the past are now realizing they made a mistake. He wants to control everything. He’s lost his damn mind, and doesn’t care about the deaths from Covid19.
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Reply #5 posted 08/17/20 11:49am

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Sad to see business having to close.

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https://www.huffpost.com/...00c3aac4fb

300 Pizza Huts To Close After Franchisee Declares Bankruptcy

Most of the locations being shut down are not well suited for carryout and delivery business during the pandemic.

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v10letblues said:

Sad to see business having to close.

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https://www.huffpost.com/...00c3aac4fb

300 Pizza Huts To Close After Franchisee Declares Bankruptcy

Most of the locations being shut down are not well suited for carryout and delivery business during the pandemic.


Where are they located, indoor malls? I feel like pizza places are still doing well in my area - pick ups, deliveries, etc.

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DiminutiveRocker said:

v10letblues said:

Sad to see business having to close.

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https://www.huffpost.com/...00c3aac4fb

300 Pizza Huts To Close After Franchisee Declares Bankruptcy

Most of the locations being shut down are not well suited for carryout and delivery business during the pandemic.


Where are they located, indoor malls? I feel like pizza places are still doing well in my area - pick ups, deliveries, etc.

The story says that Dominos is setting record sales and is hiring workers.Pizza Hut still had many sit-down locations, while Dominos and others focus on delivery only.

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v10letblues said:



DiminutiveRocker said:




v10letblues said:


Sad to see business having to close.


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https://www.huffpost.com/...00c3aac4fb


300 Pizza Huts To Close After Franchisee Declares Bankruptcy


Most of the locations being shut down are not well suited for carryout and delivery business during the pandemic.




Where are they located, indoor malls? I feel like pizza places are still doing well in my area - pick ups, deliveries, etc.



The story says that Dominos is setting record sales and is hiring workers.Pizza still had many sit-down locations, while Dominos and others focus on delivery only.


Yep, lots of businesses filing for bankruptcy or going out of business because of the pandemic. Job losses to add to that.
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2elijah said:

v10letblues said:

The story says that Dominos is setting record sales and is hiring workers.Pizza still had many sit-down locations, while Dominos and others focus on delivery only.

Yep, lots of businesses filing for bankruptcy or going out of business because of the pandemic. Job losses to add to that.


It's horrible disbelief

I wonder if there's been a study on how many businesses (mom & pop, specifically) went out of buisness due to the covid-19 shut downs in European countries? We know New Zealand weathered it well.

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v10letblues said:

DiminutiveRocker said:


Where are they located, indoor malls? I feel like pizza places are still doing well in my area - pick ups, deliveries, etc.

The story says that Dominos is setting record sales and is hiring workers.Pizza Hut still had many sit-down locations, while Dominos and others focus on delivery only.

[Edited 8/18/20 7:32am]


Could be mismanagement. Indoor seating should not matter that much. A popular Italian restauarnt in my neighborhood is staying afloat with take-out orders (including pizza) and they turned the back parking lot into a patio. Customers are supporting the business and getting their favorite food.


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Covid-10: 170k

trump: 0

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Photo by Los Angeles Times in California. Image may contain: sky and outdoor, text that says 'California becomes first state to pass 600,000 coronavirus cases'


latimes Breaking:

California has become the first state in the nation to surpass 600,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. As of Friday morning, there were more than 602,000 recorded cases and nearly 11,000 deaths. Yet despite the grim numbers, there is growing evidence that the surge in infections and fatalities that began when California reopened its #economy in May is beginning to slow. In Los Angeles County, the effective transmission rate of the #coronavirus is now about 0.86 — meaning that every one infected person passes the virus to an average of 0.86 other people. Last week, the rate was at 0.91. As America’s most populous state, #California was viewed early on as a model in the battle against #COVID_19. But the summer spike has instead made the state a cautionary tale.



Hard lessons learned in Cali. We started out great but opened up way too fast, and there was a lot of mask push-back as well. People were crying and protesting cuz they could not go to the beach rolleyes

LA County is finally seeing some progress, but still has a ways to go.

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I want a cure/effective treatment as much as the next guy, but this stuff CANNOT BE RUSHED!


BREAKING NEWS

An emergency approval to ... too weak.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 9:16 AM EST

Government health leaders including Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Anthony Fauci urged caution last week, citing weak data from the country’s largest plasma study.


WASHINGTON — Last week, just as the Food and Drug Administration was preparing to issue an emergency authorization for blood plasma as a Covid-19 treatment, a group of top federal health officials including Dr. Francis S. Collins and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci intervened, arguing that emerging data on the treatment was too weak, according to two senior administration officials.

The authorization is on hold for now as more data is reviewed, according to H. Clifford Lane, the clinical director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. An emergency approval could still be issued in the near future, he said.

Donated by people who have survived the disease, antibody-rich plasma is considered safe. President Trump has hailed it as a “beautiful ingredient” in the veins of people who have survived Covid-19.

But clinical trials have not proved whether plasma can help people fighting the coronavirus.

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Today's score in the pandemic war:

covid19: 172k

trump: 0

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How is Biden losing Texas? Oakies want to die from Covid.,

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Local Chinese officials hid the coronavirus’s dangers from Beijing in January, U.S. agencies found, adding to evidence that secrecy fueled the spread.

For months, Trump administration officials have been blaming Beijing and the Chinese Communist Party for letting the virus spread out of control from its start in Wuhan, above. But a new U.S. intelligence report concludes that top officials in Beijing were in the dark in early January and that it was local officials in Wuhan and in Hubei Province who tried to hide information from central leadership.

The internal report, a consensus of the C.I.A. and other agencies, could lead to a shift in U.S. policy on China and the virus’s timeline.

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Remember we are still in the first wave and the flu seasn is coming...

The latest from the CDC:


Although the number of #COVID19 cases in most states continued to decline over the last 7 days, the rate of decline is slowing. COVID-19 is widespread in many areas & 6 states reported over 10k new cases.

Recent case data also show that ethnic/racial minority groups are overly affected by #COVID19. Hispanic and non-White people make up 40% of the US population, but about 60% of COVID-19 cases. See more demographic trends using CDC’s COVID Data Tracker: https://bit.ly/2Q5lBrp.
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Back in March/April when Fauci warned that if we did not all do our part and take the necessary precautions, this virus would get up to 250k deaths. That seemed scary and daunting at the time.

At 175k deaths and climbing, trump boasts that his administration has done a good job.


Does anyone believe that?



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Illustration of a medicine bottle tipped on its side with oleander flowers spilling out.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

To the alarm of some government health officials, President Trump has expressed enthusiasm for the Food and Drug Administration to permit an extract from the oleander plant to be marketed as a dietary supplement or, alternatively, approved as a drug to cure COVID-19, despite lack of proof that it works.

Driving the news: The experimental botanical extract, oleandrin, was promoted to Trump during an Oval Office meeting in July. It's embraced by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell, a big Trump backer, who recently took a financial stake in the company that develops the product.

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So THIS has just come out in the UK. Our disgusting government asking care homes to set up do not resusitate orders without discussions with relatives or staff to prevent the hospitals getting full. I have no words.


NHS asked care homes to place 'Do Not Resuscitate' orders on all residents at height of pandemic

One in 10 staff members changed DNR plans without discussion with family members, nursing staff, or residents


Headline from Daily Telegraph. Also in The Times and The Daily Fail. The Daily Fail is the only one not behind a paywall, so here's the link. https://www.dailymail.co....ailymailUK

On a related note, during the early stages I read a lot of the guidelines, including a long one written for GP's. In it it said that GP's should encourage all patients over 75 to not go to hospital if they have symptoms and to contact all patients over 75 to try and get DNR orders in place. I have looked many times for these guidelines since, but they seem to have disappeared, I'd love to find them.

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Huge drop in cases today-nice. Huge drop in deaths. Goes right along with mask mandate. Masks work people. Enough of the right wing mask paranoia.

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2freaky4church1 said:

Huge drop in cases today-nice. Huge drop in deaths. Goes right along with mask mandate. Masks work people. Enough of the right wing mask paranoia.


Masks work in curtailing the spread but the virus is still out there - our guards cannot be down.

A drop is always good - if the numbers are correct - which because of the limited testing we really do not know what the accurate numbers are - except for deaths.

Total cases
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+36,426



Deaths
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maplenpg said:

So THIS has just come out in the UK. Our disgusting government asking care homes to set up do not resusitate orders without discussions with relatives or staff to prevent the hospitals getting full. I have no words.


NHS asked care homes to place 'Do Not Resuscitate' orders on all residents at height of pandemic

One in 10 staff members changed DNR plans without discussion with family members, nursing staff, or residents


Headline from Daily Telegraph. Also in The Times and The Daily Fail. The Daily Fail is the only one not behind a paywall, so here's the link. https://www.dailymail.co....ailymailUK

On a related note, during the early stages I read a lot of the guidelines, including a long one written for GP's. In it it said that GP's should encourage all patients over 75 to not go to hospital if they have symptoms and to contact all patients over 75 to try and get DNR orders in place. I have looked many times for these guidelines since, but they seem to have disappeared, I'd love to find them.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2...d7e1881b70



Work by researchers in Hong Kong finds that reinfection may be possible in rare cases.

A 33-year-old man was infected a second time with the coronavirus more than four months after his first bout, the first documented case of so-called reinfection, researchers in Hong Kong reported Monday.

CORONAVIRUS SCHOOLS BRIEFING: The pandemic is upending education. Get the latest news and tips as students go back to school.

The finding was not unexpected, especially given the millions of people who have been infected worldwide, experts said. And the man had no symptoms the second time, suggesting that even though the prior exposure did not prevent the reinfection, his immune system kept the virus somewhat in check.

“The second infection was completely asymptomatic — his immune response prevented the disease from getting worse,” said Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist at Yale University who was not involved with the work but reviewed the report at The New York Times’s request. “It’s kind of a textbook example of how immunity should work.”

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So much for back to school...

https://www.nytimes.com/2...virus.html

Covid-19 Live Updates: Colleges are Suspending Students Over Virus Safety Violations

‘No second chances’: Colleges are coming down hard on students who violate virus restrictions.

As colleges and universities across the country grapple with rising coronavirus infections, they are increasingly disciplining newly returned students for violating pandemic safety rules, and pressuring fraternities and sororities to stop holding events that violate bans on partying.

At the Ohio State University, 228 students have received interim suspensions for violating rules against large gatherings during the pandemic, the university said on Tuesday. Most of the students were living off campus, and have been asked to remain away from campus until their cases have been adjudicated; some have already been reversed. Violators who live on campus could lose their university housing if their cases are deemed serious enough, the school said.

Montclair State University in New Jersey, which reopened its dorms this month and began classes Tuesday, said it had already suspended 11 students from living in university housing for gathering without masks or social distance.

“Please understand, there will be no second chances,” school officials warned students in a text message sent over the weekend. “Any student who violates the safety protocols will be immediately suspended from housing (possibly for the remainder of the year), will be referred to the director of student conduct for disciplinary action and will be immediately de-registered from any courses or programs that have an on-campus component.”


Syracuse University suspended 23 students last week after a gathering on the campus quad that the dean of students decried as “incredibly reckless.” Thirty-six students were suspended by Purdue University after a party at a cooperative house. Penn State University suspended a fraternity for holding an unsanctioned social, and Drake University banned at least 14 students from campus for two weeks for partying.

In Florida, the president of the University of Miami, Julio Frenk, said the school had begun evicting students from dorms for violations, warning in a video that the university — which has had 141 cases since the start of the school year — would continue to monitor student behavior on and off campus.

“We will not hesitate to enforce disciplinary procedures when measures aimed at protecting university students, faculty and staff are flouted,” said Dr. Frenk, who formerly was Mexico’s minister of health.

The president of Florida Gulf Coast University, Mike Martin, announced interim suspensions of two fraternities on Monday over parties that were held Friday night in violation of the school’s health guidelines, “posing a serious and direct threat to the safety and well-being of the campus community.”

Central Michigan University directed its fraternities and sororities to cancel all in-person activities on Monday after a week in which 54 students tested positive for the virus, with clusters concentrated in two Greek-affiliated houses and a third large off-campus house.

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F.D.A. ‘Grossly Misrepresented’ Blood Plasma Data, Scientists Say

Many experts — including a scientist who worked on the Mayo Clinic study — were bewildered about where a key statistic came from.

Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, the F.D.A. commissioner, erroneously said on Sunday that convalescent plasma would have saved 35 percent of coronavirus patients this year.Credit...Oliver Contreras for The New York Times
  • Aug. 24, 2020

At a news conference on Sunday announcing the emergency approval of blood plasma for hospitalized Covid-19 patients, President Trump and two of his top health officials cited the same statistic: that the treatment had reduced deaths by 35 percent.

Mr. Trump called it a “tremendous” number. His health and human services secretary, Alex M. Azar II, a former pharmaceutical executive, said, “I don’t want you to gloss over this number.” And Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said 35 out of 100 Covid-19 patients “would have been saved because of the administration of plasma.”

But scientists were taken aback by the way the administration framed this data, which appeared to have been calculated based on a small subgroup of hospitalized Covid-19 patients in a Mayo Clinic study: those who were under 80 years old, not on ventilators and received plasma known to contain high levels of virus-fighting antibodies within three days of diagnosis.

What’s more, many experts — including a scientist who worked on the Mayo Clinic study — were bewildered about where the statistic came from. The number was not mentioned in the official authorization letter issued by the agency, nor was it in a 17-page memo written by F.D.A. scientists. It was not in an analysis conducted by the Mayo Clinic that has been frequently cited by the administration.

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United States

Coronavirus Cases:

5,995,276

Deaths:

183,508

Recovered:

3,294,307

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Jesus... unfuckingbelievable.


BREAKING NEWS

Top Trump administration ...the virus.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 2:38 PM EST

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was instructed by higher-ups within the Trump administration to modify its coronavirus testing guidelines to exclude people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19 — even if they have been recently exposed to the virus, according to two federal health officials.

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A C.D.C. recommendation to test fewer people for the virus raises concerns.



Swamp administration officials on Wednesday defended a new recommendation that people without Covid-19 symptoms abstain from testing, even as scientists warned that the policy could hobble an already weak federal response as schools reopen and a potential fall wave looms.

The day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the revised guidance, there were conflicting reports on who was responsible.

Two federal health officials said the shift came as a directive to the C.D.C. from higher-ups at the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Adm. Brett P. Giroir, the administration’s coronavirus testing czar, called it a “C.D.C. action,” but he acknowledged that the revision came after a vigorous debate among members of the White House coronavirus task force — including its newest member, Dr. Scott W. Atlas, a frequent Fox News guest and a special adviser to President Trump.

“We all signed off on it, the docs, before it ever got to a place where the political leadership would have, you know, even seen it, and this document was approved by the task force by consensus,” Dr. Giroir said. He said “there was no weight on the scales” from the president.

Regardless of who was responsible, the shift is highly significant, running counter to scientific evidence that people without symptoms may be the most prolific spreaders of the virus.

And it comes at a very precarious moment.

Hundreds of thousands of college and K-12 students are heading back to campus, and broad testing regimens are central to many of their schools’ plans. Businesses are reopening, and scientists inside and outside the administration are growing concerned about political interference in scientific decisions.

“The only plausible rationale,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, a Democrat, “is that they want fewer people taking tests, because as the president has said, if we don’t take tests, you won’t know the number of people who are Covid-positive.”

In an interview, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said he had seen an early iteration of the new guidelines and did not object.

But the final debate over the revisions took place during a meeting that Dr. Fauci could not attend. In retrospect, he said, he has “some concerns” about advising people against getting tested.

“My concern is that it will be misinterpreted,” he said.



https://www.nytimes.com/2...k-39b07c23

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