March 16, 2020
I don’t know if I believe this thing or the original thing.
Someone could have pressured her to back down on this.
Dr Amy Acton’s shocking claim that 100,000 Ohioans are already carrying the Covid-19 coronavirus was just “guesstimating,” she said a day later, noting that the actual number of confirmed cases stood at just 13.
At least one percent of the population carries the virus, Acton had said at a press conference on Thursday. “We have 11.7 million people. So the math is over 100,000. So that just gives you a sense of how this virus spreads and is spreading quickly.” Her comment quickly went viral, so to speak.
By Friday, however, she was walking that back, saying that she was only “guesstimating” the numbers. The Ohio Department of Health has confirmed only 13 cases in the state so far, with 159 more awaiting test results and 50 confirmed negatives. Another 333 people are being monitored.
This is a Dr. Amy Acton appreciation post. She's smart, calm, cool, and collected. We're so lucky to have her as we combat the #COVID19 outbreak. #COVID19OhioReady #DrAmy #DrAmyActon pic.twitter.com/UC2BadXQDh
— Ohio Dept of Health (@OHdeptofhealth) March 13, 2020
The ODH doubled down on support for Dr Acton, however, describing her as “smart, calm, cool and collected.” She also received a glowing write-up in the Columbus Dispatch as a “calming” voice of reason.
— Randy Ludlow (@RandyLudlow) March 13, 2020
That left some members of the general public scratching their heads and pointing out that her “guesstimating” math actually fueled panic and fear.
Others noted that Acton’s math was especially egregious, given that there have been 127,000 total confirmed cases of the virus in the entire world so far.
I am a strong believer that this virus is already completely out of control and spreading.
The Donald Trump policy of “don’t know, can’t tell” is stupid and everyone will die because of it.