πŸ“‘ I Lived Through SARS and Reported on Ebola. These Are the Questions We Should Be Asking About Coronavirus

Bookmarked I Lived Through SARS and Reported on Ebola. These Are the Questions We Should Be Asking About Coronavirus. β€” ProPublica (ProPublica)

For concerned civilians and journalists covering the coronavirus, the figures and projections can be overwhelming, frightening or confusing. Here’s what reporter Caroline Chen is focusing on to keep things as accurate and clear as possible.

Caroline Chen reflects on the confusion created by through poor reporting on the coronavirus. In response, she provides a number of questions to consider:

Instead of asking: How many test kits do you have? Ask this: How many samples are you running per patient?

Instead of asking: How many samples can you run? Ask this: How many samples is your lab testing per day right now? How about at maximum capacity? How many hours does it take to get a result?

Instead of saying: The mortality rate is X%. Say this: Scientists estimate the mortality rate is X%, based on the information they have.

Instead of asking: How many cases will there be at X point in time? Ask this: What assumptions were used to calculate your prediction? What’s the upper and lower range of your projection?

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