FACT CHECK: Trump Claims Testing Caused Spike in COVID-19 Cases. Experts Blame Reopening States.
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NBC News Reports: Fact check: Trump blames testing for spike in COVID-19 cases. Experts fault reopening of states.
Donald Trump has continuously claimed that COVID-19 testing is the reason behind the influx of cases. But data and public health experts say otherwise. Experts argue that the surge is due to states reopening after stay at home rules were eased.
"By the way, when you do more testing, you have more cases. We have more cases than anybody because we do more testing than anybody. It's pretty simple," Trump said Friday in the White House Rose Garden.
"Remember this: When you have more tests, you have more cases. I say to my people: Every time we test, you find cases because we do more testing. So if we have more cases — if we wanted to do testing in China or in India or other places, I promise you, there'd be more cases," he added.
According the to the New York times, in 21 different states, there is an increase in COVID-19 cases. This may imply that an increase in testing is catching more cases. But in reality, experts argues that it is because people are relaxing social distancing protocols.
"The surge numbers are real," said Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the Columbia University National Center for Disaster Preparedness, who is a public health analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
He said more testing will inevitably capture more positive tests, "but to deny the fact that we're having an ongoing pandemic with continued spread is contrary to all evidence that we have and everything that we know about the behavior of the virus."
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