Wednesday, February 2, 2022

How U.S. COVID Testing Strategy Will Extend Pandemic Nightmare

Via The Defender

The idea is to allow people to test themselves before attending social events, school, going to work, etc., so they can know, almost in real time, whether they may be infectious.

On its face, this seems like a reasonable approach. Why wouldn’t having more information about possible infections be a good thing?

Here’s why that’s actually a really bad idea. Mass testing of people who are overwhelmingly asymptomatic (showing no symptoms) will in fact inevitably extend this pandemic nightmare for additional months — maybe even years — as “cases” continue to mount from false positives (a test result that incorrectly identifies infection when none exists).

To be clear: Biden’s mass testing approach is exactly the opposite of what is needed right now. We should not be testing asymptomatic people.

The reason for this becomes clear only by looking beyond the headlines that claim skyrocketing cases and deaths from the infection.