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Today in the headlines:
Live updates: Texas coronavirus cases surge as restaurants, gyms, bars, and childcare facilities reopen.
There was no “surge” in Texas aside from random variation. The graph in the article has the “surge” starting five days before Texas opened up. And a spike due to cases discovered at a meatpacking plant isn’t germane to Texas’s public policy of opening up. The meatpacking plant had stayed open the whole time. A single such spike does not make a surge, anyway. The numbers have gone down since then, which is not shown on the graph, which only goes to May 13. The story was posted Thursday.
11 Alive: A national news article about the risk of Georgians getting COVID-19 now that businesses are re-opening caught the attention of many, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms and even the Georgia governor’s office.
But a day later, Forbes has removed the article from its website after The Reveal, 11Alive’s investigative team, found those who closely follow the number of cases in Georgia had serious questions about the accuracy of the article.
There’s no telling where they got their numbers, but Georgia’s new case number varies as much as 70 percent from day to day. Looking at the overall trend shows this is just random variation.
Associated Press: Italy has big jump in confirmed COVID-19 cases
There was no “big jump.” Only random variation.
Reports of spikes or surges of COVID-19 that support the media’s preferred narrative of COVID-19 flareups subsequent to economies reopening often don’t stand up to close scrutiny.Published in