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Atom Araullo slams misleading tweets of epidemiology specialist Dr. Edsel Salvana

Atom questioned the numbers being released by the DOH .

  • Atom Araullo exchanged tweets with Dr. Edsel Salvana.

Kapuso journalist Atom Araullo traded barbs with epidemiology expert and IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) consultant Dr. Edsel Salvana.

On Twitter, Araullo questioned Salvana’s method of reporting COVID-19 test cases in the country.

The Twitter exchange started when Atom compared the tests done by other neighboring countries which is far more than what is being done in the Philippines.

According to Atom as based on the DOH numbers, we are only testing 200 patients a day for a current total of 2,147 compared to Vietnam’s 30,548, Thailand 10m343, Malaysia 21,855, Singapore 39,000 considering these are countries have smaller populations than the Philippines.

That tweet was debunked by Dr. Salvana saying Atom’s number is inaccurate.

According to him, the total test actually done by the DOH is 11,466 which translates to 1,000 tests per day.

“Atom, the 2147 tests is inaccurate. It’s not as simple as adding the COVID tracker numbers. Positive patients get many repeat tests until they turn negative. The actual tests performed is 11,466. Capacity now at more than 1000 test/day. DOH will update.”

With conflicting numbers, Atom, in a Twitter thread questioned the integrity and reliability of the numbers being released by the DOH.

Atom countered by saying he was referring to the number of tested individuals not the number of tests done as being pushed by Salvana.

He even added some other reports saying that neighboring countries are measuring the number of individuals tested not the number of tests done.

In the end, Atom firmly stood by his comparison of the number of tests we do in the country with our neighbors which clearly showed we are under testing and that mass testing should be started.



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