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‘Deeply flawed’ data on coronavirus is obscuring the real number of Americans infected: analysis

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In a piece published at The Atlantic this Tuesday, Alexis Madrigal contends that we’re not getting the full story when it comes to how many people have been infected with the coronavirus in the U.S.

“The data are untrustworthy because the processes we used to get them were flawed,” Madrigal writes. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s testing procedures missed the bulk of the cases. They focused exclusively on travelers, rather than testing more broadly, because that seemed like the best way to catch cases entering the country.”

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Now that what public-health experts call “community spread” has taken place in the U.S., closing borders is no longer an efficient tactic to stop new infections. But according to Madrigal, fewer than 500 people have been tested so far across the country. “As a result, the current ‘official’ case count inside the United States stood at 43 as of this morning (excluding cruise-ship cases),” he writes. “This number is wrong, yet it’s still constantly printed and quoted. In other contexts, we’d call this what it is: a subtle form of misinformation.”

As China worked to contain their outbreak by putting around 700 million people under some kind of movement restriction, the U.S. public-health response “was stuck in neutral.”

“The case count in the U.S. was not increasing at all. Preparing for a sizable outbreak seemed absurd when there were fewer than 20 cases on American soil. Now we know that the disease was already spreading and that it was the U.S. response that was stalled.”

Read Madrigal’s full analysis over at The Atlantic.


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Neighbors accuse Black woman of ‘driving down’ property values with Black Lives Matter sign

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A Black woman in New York said that she was accused of "driving down" property values because a sign supporting Black Lives Matter was displayed in the window of her home.

The story was shared by Twitter user @pivyak, who said the incident occurred in Oswego after her sister painted a sign in the home's front window. The sign reads, "Silence supports police violence."

In an anonymous letter, self-described "neighbors" complained that they could not sell their homes for the "best price" because of the sign.

"We believe you've made your point," the letter states. "As tensions rise in our city, home is the safe and quiet place we wanted to return to after being at work. We want to come home to a beautiful street where neighbors care and support one another."

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‘Worst pain I’ve ever felt’: Diner employees in shock after getting maced by angry anti-masker

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Three employees at a Missouri pizza diner got maced earlier this week by a customer who was angry that they were asked to wear a face mask as a precondition of being served.

Local news station KMOV reports that a group of maskless people went into the Incredible Pizza Company in South St. Louis County on Sunday, where they were asked to leave because of their refusal to wear masks.

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Internet explodes watching Trump reduced to ‘global laughingstock’ in ‘soul-crushing’ interview

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Axios reporter Jonathan Swan interviewed President Donald Trump and it did not go well for the president. The internet is ablaze with astonishment over how the Australian journalist decimated Trump, as the clip below demonstrates.

"We're going to look at some of these charts," Trump, who is sitting in a very low chair, says to Swan.

"I'd like to," Swan replies.

Trump is fumbling with color printouts of charts that look like they were made for an elementary school class.

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