Florida Scientist Fired; Won't Manipulate Testing Data
AP reports: "In Florida, the data scientist who developed the state's coronavirus dashboard, Rebekah Jones, said this week she was fired for refusing to manipulate data 'to drum up support for the plan to reopen'."
This from the Chicago Tribune May 20, story headed: Numbers don't lie -- or they might Also in the story:
Georgia was cited as manipulating the posting of virus cases to indicate declines by rearranging daily reports in decending order of cases, not ordering them chronologically. That graph was later removed.
Some states, including Texas, are combining numbers of swab tests with antibody tests. In Georgia, new cases are listed by the date a patient reported symptoms, not the date a test came out positive. This shifts the outbreak timeline to appear that the state is moving past the peak.
Science doesn't lie, but statistics can be manipulated. Just another way to sow distrust in America.