Turn on the TV news, or look at a news website, and you'll see charts, graphics, and dashboards that supposedly indicate the latest with COVID-19 – statistics revealing the number of tests, cases, hospitalizations and deaths, along with where they happened and whether they are rising or falling.
Different stories are told depending on the dashboard. But one thing is certain: These indicators lag behind the actions we take, or don't take, on COVID-19. As researchers who focus on public health, we can tell you that a fully accurate, real-time snapshot of the progress of the virus isn't possible.
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