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US Fact Check: Are COVID Cases Up in U.S. Because of Increased Testing, as Trump Claims?

05:35  27 october  2020
05:35  27 october  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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In addition, Trump has repeatedly claimed that the U . S . test is “better” or “the best test ,” but there is no evidence to support that. Both countries reported their first confirmed cases of COVID -19 around the same time, on Jan. 20 and 21. But South Korea ramped up its testing program sooner, and

President Donald Trump has repeatedly blamed testing as the reason for documented spikes in the number of COVID -19 cases across the U . S . — but We have more cases than anybody because we do more testing than anybody. It' s pretty simple," Trump said Friday in the White House Rose Garden.

President Donald Trump addressed the latest COVID-19 developments on Monday, as cities and less populated areas nationwide report spiking infections, hospitalizations and deaths related to the respiratory disease.

a person taking a selfie in a room: A health care worker administers a COVID-19 diagnostic test at a testing site in Los Angeles, California, on July 24. On Monday, President Donald Trump claimed rising cases reported across the U.S. in October were caused by increased testing procedures. © VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images A health care worker administers a COVID-19 diagnostic test at a testing site in Los Angeles, California, on July 24. On Monday, President Donald Trump claimed rising cases reported across the U.S. in October were caused by increased testing procedures.

The Claim

The president, who faces ongoing criticism for his administration's response to, and attitude about, the coronavirus pandemic, claimed that the country's case counts are up because of increased diagnostic testing efforts.

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The United States has not done more COVID -19 testing than “every country combined,” as President Donald Trump claimed in remarks during a recent In fact , three countries alone — Russia, Germany and Italy — have done more combined testing than the U . S ., according to a reference website

As coronavirus cases surge across the country, President Donald Trump continues to blame increased testing " Cases are going up in the U . S . because we are testing far more than any other country, and Claudia Clemente, MA, performs a test for the coronavirus disease ( COVID -19) as a

"Cases up because we TEST, TEST, TEST. A Fake News Media Conspiracy. Many young people who heal very fast. 99.9%. Corrupt Media conspiracy at all time high," Trump wrote on Twitter early Monday, eight days ahead of the election.

"On November 4th, topic will totally change," he added. "Vote!"

The Facts

Monday's tweet did not mark Trump's first attempt to rationalize an uptick in COVID-19 statistics with claims about broader testing protocols.

In response, scientists and heath experts have pointed out that testing a larger population for the virusreveals a larger number of infections, some of which might otherwise go undetected. It doesn't increase the number of illnesses, just the number of reported cases.

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The increase in daily cases is far outpacing the increase in daily testing . The COVID Tracking Project, an initiative that assembles and Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams told a virtual conference on Friday that " we ' re starting to see hospitalizations go up in 75% of our jurisdictions across the country."

President Donald Trump claimed Monday that the worsening coronavirus outbreak in the U . S . is a Public health officials and infectious disease experts dispute that claim , saying the rate of tests that are Additionally, Covid -19 hospitalizations were growing by 5% or more in 34 states as of Sunday

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that some individuals who contract COVID-19 but do not exhibit symptoms still can transmit the disease to others.

The U.S. reached a record-breaking number of new daily COVID-19 cases Friday, just shy of 84,000, then hit a similar level Saturday. Last week, the nation was diagnosing an average of 69,814 infections per day, according to a New York Times database.

Additional data last updated by the CDC on October 17 showed the country's test-positivity rate, which measures the number of positive test results against the total number of tests administered, had risen as well.

The federal agency said increasing test-positivity rates were primarily caused by increases in what it designates as the Southeast, Midwest, Mountain and Central regions of the country.

More than seven months after Trump declared the pandemic a national emergency, the U.S. continues to lead all countries in terms of confirmed COVID-19 reported cases. As of Monday morning, more than 8.6 million people have tested positive for the virus nationwide, and upwards of 225,200 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

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Trump claims 'victory' as US sees Covid -19 case records in multiple states. Trump returned to his now familiar and baseless complaint that America has a high caseload because it performs more tests . “China’ s secrecy, deceptions and cover up allowed it to spread all over the world.

The country's outbreak has seen two significant surges: at its onset in the spring, and again over the summer, as cities and states began to lift restrictions on businesses, gatherings and other areas of public life. Health officials warn the winter could bring with it another wave of elevated infection rates.

Authorities are preparing for a possible third peak amid recent resurgences seen in parts of Texas, Florida and Illinois—and particularly in the West and Midwest, where outbreak curves are worsening and authorities are scrambling to meet an influx of COVID-19 patients requiring inpatient hospital care.

The Ruling

False.

Increasing the country's diagnostic testing might allow health officials to diagnose more COVID-19 cases, but more testing does not cause more infections. It causes infection-report counts to rise but doesn't cause more infections. Recent data reflects a climbing test-positivity rate nationwide.

Newsweek reached out to the White House and the CDC for comments but did not receive replies in time for publication.

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