Numbers

It is so difficult to interpret virus numbers lately. For example, the JMU Dashboard says 15 students have reported positive covid tests to the health center since July 1, but then another box says 107 students have reported positive cases since August 17. So…does this mean they have reported to someplace other than the health center? If so, where? How are these numbers being collected? Only 109 students have had tests at the health center up until August 26. Certainly, 107 of those could not have been positive. Are some of the 107 still at home?

Likewise, it is hard to trust the numbers we are seeing for the state and country at large. Testing is going down; some places are not reporting at all (some meat processing factories, etc); the CDC now says people should only be tested if they have symptoms, yet we know many people show no symptoms but are still highly contagious. In some ways it feels like the administration has given up trying to control the virus and is generally trying to suppress bad news.

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