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On or around March 13, the Society of Critical Care Medicine posted a memo noting that "A recent AHA estimate for COVID-19 projected that 4.8 million patients would be hospitalized, 1.9 million of these would be admitted to the ICU, and 960,000 would require ventilatory support." (As you can see in web.archive.org, this sentence has stayed the same although a new version of the document has since been posted.)

On March 25 (this version can only be found now at web.archive.org), the NYT published an article by Andrew Jacobs, Neal E. Boudette, Matt Richtel and Nicholas Kulish linking to the SCCM report:

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The United States currently has between 160,000 and 200,000 ventilators, but could need up to a million machines over the course of the outbreak, according to the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Somehow, even though the NYT article itself explicitly discussed the fact that ventilators could be used for more than one case, none of the four NYT authors realized that that implied that a million people needing ventilators would not translate to one million ventilators needed. Maybe they needed a fifth reporter on the story.

Late on March 25, a former NYT reporter, Alex Berenson, pointed out the error on Twitter, and it was circulated through conservative Twitter.

Two days later (night of March 27, dated Match 28), the Times posted a correction, and changed the false paragraph to read:

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The United States currently has between 160,000 and 200,000 ventilators, but as many as one million patients could need to use one of the machines over the course of the outbreak, according to the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
This sentence at least avoided being false, which, for the NYT, is quite an accomplishment. However, the correction was inadequate. The NYT should assume that a lot of its readers have the same middle-school level of reading-comprehension and critical-thinking skills as its reporters. Such a reader is likely to assume that if the Times makes a comparison of two numbers A and B, then the comparison is a useful one. (Of course, no sophisticated reader of the Times would make that assumption, but we are talking about a more typical reader.) Because of that, the reader is likely to make the same mistake that the four NYT reporters made the first time around, and therefore misunderstand the relationship between the two numbers.

The story does not end here. At around the same time as the false story was being corrected, late March 27, the paper was posting another story, by two other reporters, Noah Weiland and Maggie Haberman, linking to the same SCCM page with the same false characterization:

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The United States currently has between 160,000 and 200,000 ventilators but could need up to a million over the course of the outbreak, according to the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
That's right, even though the correction would have been making its way through the Times editorial staff as the article was prepared for publication, the left hand had no idea what the right hand was doing. It was not until today, March 31, that the second error was corrected. The technically accurate, but still inadequate, paragraph now reads:

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The United States currently has 160,000 to 200,000 ventilators, but as many as one million patients might need to use one of the machines during the outbreak, according to the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
And so the cycle will presumably continue.
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Updated 4/7/20, 1:30 pm EST: Due to a verbal misfire, “self-flagellation” was rendered as “self-flatulation” in an earlier version of this story. Though tempted to leave the nonsensical neologism as is, we have fixed the spelling for clarity.


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Interesting article title . . . not only makes me wonder how you came across this particular co-erection correction . . . but also why not the usual flag that it's likely NSFW . . .
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1. You're not in the office. If your kids see it.... well, it's educational.

2. Look, the text in the correction mentions self-flagellation... and self-flatulation. How "safe" did you think the story was going to be?
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