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Testing percentage seems like an odd metric

My wife’s school tests everyone once a week (kind of small private school). It is a safe population and so the hits are very low, and it is everyone (not just everyone who feels bad and needs a test). So there you report a boatload of negatives that drive down the hit rate.

In a state or city where that school and process does not exist, and the only people who test are those who feel bad that day, you are going to have a much higher positive tests percentage, where you could have an equal percentage of the overall population who are positive.

It is who is and isn’t choosing to get tested, right?

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Posted: 11/20/2020 at 8:11PM


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