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Old 05-14-2020, 11:13 PM
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Trump's found the cure to coronavirus! Stop testing!


From a speech in Allentown, PA today:
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And donít forget: We have more cases than anybody in the world. But why? Because we do more testing. When you test, you have a case. When you test, you find something is wrong with people. If we didnít do any testing, we would have very few cases. They donít want to write that. Itís common sense.

There you go, apparently testing is responsible for people getting sick with the virus. I knew he'd figure it out eventually. I mean, he is a very stable genius with all the best words. /s
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Old 05-14-2020, 11:24 PM
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I'm guessing that was a strategy the Republicans have worked out. Get the talking points out there about how Covid 19 is no worse than the flu, how people die for lots of reasons, and how there's a conspiracy theory to claim people died of Covid 19 when they really died from something else. And then cut back on testing to a bare minimum and tell people to get back to work. Sure a few million people will die as a result but if you're not testing for Covid 19 you can't prove they died of Covid 19. A single death is a tragedy but a million deaths is a statistic and all that.

I'm sure they sat Trump down and tried to explain this to him. They probably tried five or ten times. From his statement, it's clear some part of it stuck in his head. But he didn't understand the part about how he wasn't supposed to say anything about it in public.
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Old 05-14-2020, 11:37 PM
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i thought he already found the cure? Ingest disinfectants.
You mean I've been doing it wrong all this time? lol

On a serious note, he wasn't saying that it would cure covid19. He was saying that if there were fewer testing done, you would have fewer cases reported (like China). He's not wrong about that.
Everyone seems to believe that China's numbers are greatly under reported. It does seem plausible but we'll never know the exact numbers.

So more than anything, it's just a numbers game and a visual one.

It's like asking how many criminals do you think America has right now? You'd only count the number of people in prison which is around 2.3 million in America.
Does that mean there are only 2.3 million? No, if there was a way to find all the other people who never got caught or got away with it, the number might be more like 4 million or 6 million.

It's only what is reported. It doesn't mean just because it's not reported, more criminals out there don't exist.
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Old 05-15-2020, 12:02 AM
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I'm sure they sat Trump down and tried to explain this to him. They probably tried five or ten times. From his statement, it's clear some part of it stuck in his head. But he didn't understand the part about how he wasn't supposed to say anything about it in public.
This is probably exactly what happened. He really, really doesn't seem to understand the point of testing in the least.

Regarding Katie Miller testing positive for coronavirus he said, "This is why the whole concept of tests aren't necessarily great. The tests are perfect but something can happen between the test where it's good and then something happens and, all of a sudden, she was tested very recently and tested negative. And then today, I guess, for some reason she tested positive,"

Yeah, "something happened". She got infected. It's really no wonder he can't grasp why Americans demand widespread testing. It's because he doesn't understand the purpose and concept at a fundamental level.

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Old 05-15-2020, 12:33 AM
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As I said in the concurrent Pit thread:
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Nobody tell Trump about, say, New Zealand having tested over 200,000 people for COVID and having had fewer than 2000 confirmed cases (and no new cases for days now).

Meanwhile, the US has tested fewer than 10.5 million people and had over 1.5 million confirmed cases.

Test/case ratio in NZ: >100
Test/case ratio in US: <10

Hmmm, maybe it's not actually how much testing you do that determines how many cases you have, after all.
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Old 05-15-2020, 03:30 AM
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How long til we start hearing that the test causes the disease?

CMC fnord!
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Old 05-15-2020, 03:49 AM
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He's been saying stuff like this from the beginning. He didn't want the passengers to come off of the cruise ship because he didn't want the numbers to look bad.
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