“Unless you’re Boris Johnson, you have to have very serious symptoms before anyone will test you.”

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France 24 invited guests who made a case for standardizing testing and what counts as a coronavirus patient, in light of the fact that hardly anyone is being tested for the virus… except for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson!

In The World This Week, The Daily Beast foreign editor Christopher Dickey makes the argument for standardizing both testing and what counts as a coronavirus patient.

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The argument goes like this: if you only test people with strong symptoms, you will not discover all the milder and asymptomatic “carrier” cases, and therefore, you won’t understand the true picture with regard to hospitalization and death rates.

An antibody test, which shows if you have had and recovered from novel coronavirus, will be a very useful tool in the future when it comes to getting economies back on track and lockdowns lifted.

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