• Kat J. McAlpine

    Editor, The Brink Twitter Profile

    Kat J McAlpine

    Kat J. McAlpine is editor of The Brink, Boston University’s news site for scientific breakthroughs and pioneering research. Kat has been telling science stories for over a decade, and prior to joining BU’s editorial staff, publicized research at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering. Profile

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There are 4 comments on Boston University Weekly COVID-19 Report: September 9 to 15

  1. “Now that the University-wide coronavirus surveillance plan has been in place for more than six weeks, and students, faculty, and staff have settled into on-campus or remote learning, BU plans to share the number of people in its testing population … ‘we’re going to put that number in the dashboard.’”

    I have follow up questions.

    (1) Why is it taking more than six weeks to report the total number of people tested? Why think it was necessary to wait until people have completely settled? (It sounds like this idea of waiting for people to be fully settled is being cited as a reason for waiting to report on the number of people tested, but it doesn’t seem like a good reason at all to postpone moving to a more reliable denominator.)

    (2) Does this mean we’ll simply see this number posted somewhere on the Dashboard, or will the number of people tested replace the misleading denominator presently being used throughout (number of tests)?

  2. “In one case, a shipment of swabs that we were scheduled to receive was diverted by the federal government.” Could you please elaborate on this if possible.

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