CDC’s coronavirus report includes data that could artificially inflate testing


A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Edward R. Roybal campus in Atlanta, Georgia on April 23, 2020.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest coronavirus dashboard combines data on two different kinds of tests that experts say could be inflating key statistics that epidemiologists use to monitor the outbreak.

The agency’s recently released Covid-19 Data Tracker‘s dashboard on testing combines results for both diagnostic tests, which identify current infections, and serological tests, which detect whether someone has previously been infected. Epidemiologists caution that the tests are

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