The article in The Pilot on Sunday, March 22, mentioned 137 confirmed cases in NC out of 3,200 hundred tested, as of Friday. That is 4.2 percent of those tested had the coronavirus. The on-line Sunday Pilot mentioned 184 confirmed cases out of 5,276 tested. That is 3.5 percent.

I thought people had to meet strict requirements in order to be tested. Individuals on TV have complained about the lack of tests for those with symptoms. Did the 5,276 people meet the criteria and get referred by a doctor for the testing?

Margaret Smetana, Pinehurst

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Kent Misegades

Well put. NCDHHS reports the numbers daily at 11AM. Currently only 4% of those tested have confirmed cases and this rate remains approximately constant. The symptoms are similar to the common flu, or allergy-related aches and pains. Nevertheless far more people are being tested than have the Corona virus. The two cases in Moore County represent only .002% of our population, one in 50,000, a very small percentage and these two people are isolated and can not spread the virus. I’d bet far more people in our county have other infectious diseases such as mono, herpes, pink eye, strep throat, a variety of other flus, etc. 13% of the NC population has diabetes. One needs always to compare Corona to other diseases and not project its impact on one culture, for instance Wuhan or Milan, onto ours.

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