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The data is collected over a week long period of people presenting with influenza like symptoms and reported once a week by fax or internet. Clearly there will be a delay of some type if reporting is significant by fax. ILINet providers report each week the total number of patients seen for any reason and the number of patient visits for ILI by age ...


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You would want to talk to the staff who are recruiting patients; I'm not aware of any such trials that have started anywhere yet. I would expect you would have access to most of those things depending on what your definitions are of private time and physical activity. As far as asking questions, just be direct and define your terms. "Can I bring my computer ...


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The principal goal of pooled testing is to rapidly clear many cases in low prevalence (or incidence) situations. Long version: Disclaimer: I'm analytical chemist, i.e. someone who could by profession be involved in developing such tests, but I'm not involved in SARS-CoV2 testing or SARS-CoV2 test development. What I write here is basically my general ...


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Writing a script for someone so you can "get physical" with them is, of course, an ethical problem. As far as prescribing off the cuff for family and close friends, that depends. It may be quite common. Over 80% of internal medicine and family practice residents prescribed for "non-patients" in this survey. The wording in itself is troubling. If you write a ...


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There are several use cases. But the main reason is always to operate in a situation where the number of tests is a bottleneck or constraint. In the USA, this is usually because of limited test reagents or limited laboratory techs and machines to run the PCR. If you have unlimited testing, you would not use pooled testing. One use case is surveillance. You ...


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From your link, The Atlantic has its data tracking project at https://covidtracking.com/data If you go there you can drill down by state, the number of cumulative positive and negative results. They show the number of new daily tests and so you can extract the data you want from there about the positivity rates So, the cumulative data for Alabama


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The paper is here https://www.scribd.com/document/456897616/DHSST#fullscreen&from_embed It doesn't say but I presume that the Department of Homeland Security knows what sunlight is.


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Dr. Chiu is (roughly) correct. To add a bit more detail to this: those are also two different CDC reporting mechanisms "owned" by two different parts of the CDC. The one that reports Covid deaths+pneumonia (with much fewer Covid deaths) is a "traditional" channel that has been established a long time ago, called the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS); ...


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Your first link says the delays are due to manual processing Provisional counts of deaths are underestimated relative to final counts. This is due to the many steps involved in reporting death certificate data. When a death occurs, a certifier (e.g. physician, medical examiner or coroner) will complete the death certificate with the underlying cause of ...


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See long answer for How accurate are coronavirus tests? With the "worst-case numbers" from there which I take from the minimum performance requirements the FDA currently uses with an emergency validation to allow labs to quickly implement Covid-19 tests without undergoing the full validation procedure they normally take, we have LR+ ≈ 11 and LR- ≈ 1/20. ...


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