More on the Test for Covid

by Don Boudreaux on December 6, 2020

in Current Affairs, Risk and Safety

Unhappy with my fourth link in this post, Eric Kramer sent to me the following e-mail, on whose validity I’m not competent to offer a final assessment. But it seems to be the right thing to do to share his comment in full.

For some reason I can’t log in to comment at your site, so I’ll just send this along (reference to this post):

The suggestion above that covid pcr tests have a false positive rate of 80% to 97% is obviously wrong.  The overall positivity rate – which includes both false and true positives – has been between 4% and 22% since testing began (and mostly between 4% and 10%).

I suspect your antipathy to covid policy led you to be less than appropriately critical of a story that clearly required some degree of skepticism.  Passing along nonsense like this cannot be justified simply by noting that you are not an expert – it’s an academic version of Trump passing along lies and saying “many people are saying”.  To be true to your liberal values I hope you will flag this issue for your readers, or remove this apparently bogus story from your blog entirely.



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