The latest figures from the CDC (March 27, 2020) suggest that at least 85,356 people are “known to have been infected” with the coronavirus. There are at the time of writing more than 1,246 recorded deaths in the US attributed to the coronavirus. (ie. more cases than in China or Italy).
Where and How do they collect the data?
The CDC refers to “Reported Cases”: It lumps “presumptive cases” with “confirmed cases” of COVID-19. It is an absolute mess with regard to categorization and integration of local, State and federal data collection.
The presumptive positive data does not confirm coronavirus infection: Presumptive testing involves “chemical analysis of a sample that establishes the possibility that a substance is present“(emphasis added). But it does not confirm coronavirus infection. Yet the CDC adds it to the “confirmed cases” category.
The presumptive test must then be sent for confirmation to an accredited government health lab.
A confirmatory testing implies “identification of the specific substance [coronvirus] through further chemical analysis.”
It is worth noting that the WHO does not tabulate presumptive data, which means that the CDC data is totally at odds with the criteria of the WHO. It is what we might call sloppy statistics.
Millions of Americans simply cannot afford to pay for the test, which means that the official data is totally unreliable. And if they are infected, they cannot afford followup medical treatment.
The richest country on planet earth does not have a public health system. It follows that there are many COVID-19 tested (positive) cases which then go untreated, thereby contributing to the relentless transmission of the virus.
In an essentially private healthcare system, can I afford to get the test? And if I get the test, will I be treated and can I afford the treatment.
And assuming your are able to afford the test, will this be followed by treatment, and will it help in deterring the spread of the virus.