The CDC is Still Botching the Coronavirus Testing Process

The disease control agency is a poster child for bureaucratic incompetence.

by Peter Suderman

Over and over again, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have bungled the response to COVID-19. The agency is supposed to stand at the forefront of the federal government’s defense against pandemics, but in the effort to track, identify, and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, it has repeatedly proven that it’s not up to the task.

The agency publishes statistics purporting to show the number of Americans tested, and the number of positive and negative results. In theory, this should provide a clear snapshot of both the spread of the virus and the number of people who have been tested.

Yet as The Atlantic reported yesterday, the agency has been conflating the results of two very different tests:

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