GQ: Doctors Tell Me I Have COVID. Why Won’t the Tests?

GQ: Doctors Tell Me I Have COVID. Why Won’t the Tests?. “The sheer scale of the pandemic—and the volume of testing—means that there are far more false negatives occurring than we think. ‘Even if a test were 98% sensitive and 99% specific,’ warned a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, ‘it would still produce a false negative result in 2 of every 100 people infected. If we test 5 million Americans daily and only 1% of them have COVID-19, a total of 1000 positive cases will be missed, which increases the risk of spread.’ And as we know, one missed infection—and the false sense of confidence created by a false negative—can create a chain of transmission that snares dozens of people.”

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