Trump said Covid-19 testing 'creates more cases.' We did the math

A new STAT analysis of testing data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, however, shows with simple-to-understand numbers why Trump’s claim is wrong. In only seven states was the rise in reported cases from mid-May to mid-July driven primarily by increased testing. In the other 26 states — among the 33 that saw cases increase during that period — the case count rose because there was actually more disease.

Publisher: STAT | Author: Sharon Begley

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infection data, misinformation, and testing
DATE PUBLISHED
2020-07-20 (Modified: 2021-05-18)

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