When it comes to the drastic increases in COVID-19 cases lately, some are desperate to deny that it has anything to do with the fact that states like Florida have loosened the restrictions that were designed to prevent exactly that.
Hence the latest COVIDiot idiocy: the claim that “the increase isn’t because cases are on the rise, it’s only because we’re testing more.” Those damn tests!
The worst offender of course is Donald Trump, who is so addled he might actually believe we can overcome the disease by ignoring it. I’d rather not pay the millions of lives his “plan” will cost.
Worldometer provides data by state for the number of positive and negative tests. Here’s what they list for total number of tests by day in Florida:
The number of tests has certainly increased over time. But it hasn’t increased much recently, if at all. It’s been nearly a month since a sizeable increase in the average daily testing.
Most of those tests came back negative, which is why the graph of negative tests looks a lot like the graph of total tests:
But (and this is a big one) the graph of positive tests does not:
I can hear you thinking, “OK, it’s already obvious, there’s no doubt, the increased caseload is not due to the increase in testing. Any more evidence would just be ‘piling on.’”
Permit me to pile on. Here’s the ratio of positive tests to total tests recently:
People who suggest that maybe cases aren’t really increasing it’s just increased testing, who go on facebook and twitter and blogs and repeat the stupidity without looking into it or even, really, thinking it through, aren’t just falling for one of the stupidest sucker moves of the Trump administration (which is saying a lot), they’re actively promoting that idea. They help Trump, the racist-in-chief rapist-in-chief, advance his murderous agenda on dealing with COVID-19.
Trump’s agenda on COVID-19: save the wealth of his wealthy friends, let the people die.
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