Covid mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion used in de­ci­sions made

The Maui News - - Opinion -

Hawaii is the sec­ond hard­est hit of all the states eco­nom­i­cally by the COVID-19 virus; the re­cent re­ports of large in­creases of COVID-19 “cases” will only make that worse, but those re­ports are in­ac­cu­rate and mis­lead­ing.

The re­ports from the Cen­ter for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion of in­crease in “cases” of COVID-19 do not sep­a­rate the tests that are pos­i­tive for an­ti­bod­ies, which means the ac­tive disease was in the past, from those that are pos­i­tive for a virus, which means it is an ac­tive disease case.

The re­cent large in­crease in test­ing na­tion­ally has ob­vi­ously found many with an­ti­bod­ies from cases in the past. But re­port­ing and in­clud­ing these old and in­ac­tive cases with the ac­tive tests and cases only leads to un­war­ranted con­cern and wrong po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions.

Ac­tu­ally, those with those an­ti­bod­ies from pre­vi­ous cases in the past are safer be­cause of the im­mu­nity they may carry.

The fac­tors that should lead to con­cern are an in­crease in the ac­tive virus on test­ing or an in­crease in hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions due to COVID-19 or deaths due to COVID-19, which ac­tu­ally are fall­ing.

Mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the re­ported in­crease in “cases,” which in­cludes both the old and the new can be used, mis­tak­enly, po­lit­i­cally and wrongly to in­crease re­stric­tions and af­fect our econ­omy, busi­nesses, ed­u­ca­tion and lives.

Dr. George S. Laven­son

La­haina

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