I’m not an epidemiologist. Neither is Larry Kotlikoff. He’s an economist and a professor at Boston University. His work has been featured in many of my columns. We’ve written three books together. That happened because I admired his part in creating generational accounting.
Larry called a few days ago.
It wasn’t to talk generational accounting or the problems facing Social Security or the future burdens we’re putting on our kids — our usual topics.
No, he called to say why we need universal and repeated testing for COVID-19. You can read what he’s written on the subject in his recent Forbes column.
Neither of us has studied epidemiology, but we do know a bit about math, and the underlying discipline is basically the same.
Here’s the problem.
We may need to test people seeking hospital admission because they feel they have COVID-19. But that testing is only for hospital admission purposes. It only serves to admit those with the virus.
It puts everyone else back into…