Examining Unreliable COVID Data; National Look At Schools Reopening

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Test swabs and specimen tubes sit on a table at a COVID-19 testing site
Test swabs and specimen tubes sit on a table at a COVID-19 testing site at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. Public health officials have said robust testing for the coronavirus is essential to safely lifting stay-at-home orders and business closures, but states are creating confusion in the way they are reporting the data. Mary Altaffer/AP

First, we hear from a statistician about the failings of COVID-19 data collection. Then, we speak to a former government health official about the national response to the pandemic.

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Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • L. Malik Anderson Producer
  • Liberty Vittert Guest
  • Dr. Howard Koh Guest

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