Public health experts are warning that issues with coronavirus testing and reporting have resulted in questionable data integrity. This information came to us from Advisory Board in their article, “America has a coronavirus data integrity problem, public health experts argue.”

With something as important as a pandemic, the integrity of the data is vital to the control of the virus and even the future of the human race.

Across the United States, testing for the coronavirus is declining and experts believe that cases are being undercounted. While the average daily number of newly reported coronavirus cases in the United States declined over the past week, some public health experts warn that those numbers might be deceiving.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) directed hospitals to send data regarding their patients with COVID-19 to a central HHS database instead of to CDC, as hospitals had been doing for several months. This change has serious consequences for data integrity.

Melody K. Smith

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