Mario Tama / Getty ImagesA health care worker gives a girl a throat swab test at a drive-in coronavirus testing center in Los Angeles. (Mario Tama / Getty Images)
A shocking New York Times report published Saturday revealed that the novel coronavirus is not nearly as contagious as the American people were initially led to believe by experts.
While America’s COVID-19 testing can diagnose whether an individual has contracted the coronavirus, those tests have no way of parsing out just how much of the disease each subject has.
As a result, individuals with almost no symptoms and little chance of spreading the disease have been testing positive.
“Up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus, a review by The Times found,” the report read.
The report concluded as much after analyzing three sets of testing data compiled by officials from Massachusetts, New York and Nevada.
“We’ve been using one type of data for everything, and that is just plus or minus — that’s all,” said Dr. Michael Mina, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
“We’re using that for clinical diagnostics, for public health, for policy decision-making.”
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“It’s really irresponsible, I think, to forgo the recognition that this is a quantitative issue,” Mina added.
According to Johns Hopkins, as of Monday, the U.S. has had 6,023,368 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The vast majority of those people behind those confirmed cases were told they had to isolate themselves for two weeks whether they were showing symptoms or not.
Those Americans couldn’t go to work, couldn’t see loved ones and had no freedom for two weeks.
For the people living paycheck-to-paycheck, who Democrats pretend to care about so much about, two weeks of isolation could have been a devastating blow for their finances.
If the results of this New York Times report pan out, that means that up to 90 percent of those cases — roughly 5,421,031 American citizens — did not have to self-isolate.
Instead, we were told to blindly listen to certain experts with extremely narrow fields of knowledge.
This new information was released just days before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its own report showing that 94 percent of cases of those who died from COVID-19 had underlying comorbidities, meaning only six percent of COVID deaths were a direct result of just COVID-19.
Hindsight is always 50/50. At the time when the virus was first spreading, it was necessary to protect the population until all the facts were in.
Even now, it is still vitally important that we continue to keep the elderly and vulnerable safe from these diseases.
All that being said, the shutdowns never should have gone on this long.
It’s time to open up the country.
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