Travel restrictions came after the coronavirus had reached the U.S.
The president’s statement frames the data in a way that doesn’t accurately represent the status of the American response to COVID-19.
Public health professionals dismissed the president’s claims that the spread of the coronavirus, in particular, and the threat of a pandemic, in general, snuck up on us as being “simply astonishing” and “simply untrue.”
Biden’s statement leaves out context about how countries decided on which test they’d use to identify the presence of the coronavirus.
There are important distinctions between how insurance companies will cover the test and the treatment. This makes the president’s statement an exaggeration, at best.
The process is not as simple as calling your doctor or pharmacy, saying you want to be tested for COVID-19 and getting it done. Clinicians decide whether patients meet the criteria to warrant it. Circumstances are further complicated because tests are in short supply.
The vice president’s remarks are more proof that health care is complicated.
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The research exaggerates potential savings, cherry-picks evidence and downplays some of the potential trade-offs.
This claim ‘wouldn’t pass muster’ in a first-year statistics class.