COVID-19 Testing & The Danger of a Quick Fix Narrative
For months now, you have woken each day to a world that is both maddening and heartbreaking. You sip coffee and scroll through the day’s…
Last week, I wrote another story about #COVID19 testing! A short summary: In late August, the
published a story: "Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be." The claim? The standard coronavirus test (PCR) is too sensitive. 1/5
I wrote another #COVID19 story & it's about how we tell stories. Is the PCR test really too sensitive? Is widespread antigen testing the panacea its made out to be? And what are the social & political consequences of an overly simplistic story?
In August I wrote a story questioning whether PCR tests are too sensitive. Many clinical microbiologists and others took issue with the piece because they saw it as undermining the PCR. This Medium post raises some of those points: 1/x