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Follow Science on Virus Testing, Not Anti-Trump Talking Heads

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By with Michael R. Shannon Friday, 16 October 2020 05:03 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Compared to the total number of citizens of the U.S., a huge number of people have not caught the "Flumanchu."

Unfortunately, the Great Pandemic Panic has proven much more contagious and vast numbers of people who haven’t had so much as a sniffle are still living in fear.

That’s why we were surprised that CNN — a network where the anchors positively revel in broadcasting pandemic panic — published a balanced guide to "Kungflu" testing and how it relates to President Trump’s recent dose of the "Wuflu."

Testing was supposed to solve all the United State's problems with the virus, but unfortunately media hairdo hyperventilators have broadcast so much misinformation on that topic that even testing is viewed with a jaundiced eye by many.

First a spike in positive tests is not the forerunner of doom.

It depends on who is testing positive.

For those 40-years-old and under a positive test usually means a mild case that in the end contributes to herd immunity. The metric to watch is an increase in the number of hospitalizations and/or the number of deaths.

Those two are serious numbers and bear watching.

Coronavirus is an old person’s potentially fatal disease or an already unhealthy person’s potentially fatal disease. Those groups should be wary and take precautions on their own.

Also very important is the fact, "People can test positive even if no longer infectious."

A positive test is not a scarlet letter. This created vast amounts of unnecessary confusion in the beginning of the disease disaster: "Earlier in the pandemic, health officials said people should have two negative tests for coronavirus — taken 24 hours apart — before being around people again. That forced some people into isolation for weeks on end."

It was also wrong. PCR tests can find traces of the "Flumanchu" weeks after the patient has recovered. What we know now is, "According to the CDC, research has shown that people aren't likely to be infectious 10 to 20 days after symptoms first began, regardless of test results."

CNN’s conclusion was months late, but surprisingly enough for that lugubrious network, it was also funny. Testing is "like a recipe for chocolate cake; finding the recipe in someone's kitchen doesn't mean you'll find a cake."

The second point is President Trump and patients like him don’t have to hide in Biden’s Bunker for 20 days to protect the public. "People with mild to moderate COVID-19 are thought to remain infectious 'no longer than 10 days after symptom onset,' according to the CDC, although people with severely weakened immune systems may need to isolate for longer. Before leaving isolation, people's symptoms should have improved and they should have gone 24 hours with no fever, the CDC says (still being on fever-reducing medication doesn't count)."

This guidance doesn’t apply to patients with severe cases. "For patients with severe COVID-19, the CDC says up to 20 days of isolation 'may be warranted.' But the agency's recommendations only require 10 days."

The takeaway here is follow the science and not the speculation of obviously anti-Trump talking heads.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read Michael Reagan's Reports — More Here.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)". Read Michael Shannon's Reports — More Here.

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A positive test is not a scarlet letter. This created vast amounts of unnecessary confusion. Unfortunately, the Great Pandemic Panic has proven much more contagious and vast numbers of people who haven’t had so much as a sniffle are still living in fear.
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