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PA Is Mixing Coronavirus Test Results and It Could Distort Our View of the Disease

May 27, 2020

Esther Chernak, MD, an associate clinical professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health and director of the Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication, was quoted in a May 22Spotlight PA article that was picked up by media across the state, including Levittown Now, PennLive, the York Dispatch and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. A May 25 Sentinel (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) column about the value of reporting confirmed and probable cases separately to avoid giving the public a skewed real-time understanding of how prevalent COVID-19 is in their community also ran in several newspapers. 

A similar article in The Philadelphia Inquirer quoted Chernak and suggested that the coronavirus death toll may be undercounted by thousands in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Link to story (Spotlight PA)

Link to story (Sentinel)

Link to story (Philadelphia Inquirer)