So if you watched Governor Murphy’s coronavirus briefing two days ago (No? Just me?), you may have caught this little ditty from Dr. Christina Tan, Epidemiologist for the State of New Jersey, while addressing the benefit (or lack thereof) of tracking positivity rates in coronavirus testing (caps mine for emphasis). Now remember, this woman is a state epidemiologist who (probably) knows she's at a state coronavirus briefing where she is on the panel with the Governor and other "experts" on this issue for the purposes of answering questions from the press about...coronavirus."Yeah, um, the more testing that we do and the positivity reflect – Positivity is primarily used to help us understand whether we’re doing enough testing in the first place, um, positivity is a metric that shows us that, you know, um, for example, if we have a LARGER DENOMINATOR of individuals who are tested you know it shows us SOMETIMES that, yeah, you know what, actually we’re not testing a SMALL NUMBER and that, you know, it reflects like a smaller number of people who are just getting tested because they’re feeling ill. It actually reflects a broader swath of, um, individuals in showing that we are DOING ENOUGH TESTING to, um, uh, to show that we’re DOING ENOUGH in the community with regard to OTHER ASPECTS of controlling the illness. Testing is always looked at as another LAYER in, um, our toolbox for preventing, uh, COVID spread.”
No, I'm not kidding. This could be a transcript of me in fifth grade when the teacher called on me to discuss the reading assignment...which I didn't read. There’s a lot to unpack in this little word salad so let's take a look. Essentially what the good doctor is saying is that if we see we’re testing a large number of people (LARGER DENOMINATOR), we realize that we’re not testing…a SMALL NUMBER of people (but apparently only SOMETIMES). That sounds very scientificacious. Also, the larger denominator SHOWS that we’re doing enough testing to SHOW we’re doing enough…OTHER ASPECTS?? Just what are those "OTHER ASPECTS" and how exactly does a positivity rate in testing (where said testing results in a significant number of false positives to begin with) SHOW that we're doing enough of them? And then some blather about “controlling the illness” or “preventing COVID spread” (newsflash – nothing we have done has “controlled” or “prevented” the spread of coronavirus). Finally, it's another "tool" in the toolbox, not "layer". Whateverthehell that's supposed to mean. But now I'm just gettin' picky.
Understand that this is one of the main people in New Jersey who is directly impacting how you live your life at this time. I have been pleading with those of you who really believe you "know" something about COVID because you listen to the "experts" and mainstream media to stop doing so. This "expert" is really no different than any other "expert" on mainstream media commenting on coronavirus if you actually listen to what they say, which is generally nothing or just completely wrong. By the way, not one reporter raised their hand and said "WHAT?" Confidence anyone?