by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
To competently manage any situation, accurate information is a requirement. Americans require precise data about the COVID pandemic to analyze the performance of our leaders and assess personal risk. Unfortunately, it is becoming more apparent that the corporate media and public health officials have subjected us to inaccurate data and word games for the last two years. We all remember the CNN death ticker that ran until Joe Biden’s inauguration, and Americans are still subjected to regular hysteria about hospitalizations and cases. One new statistic from New York is just the tip of the iceberg on how the “experts” have manipulated some Americans into mass hysteria.
With the ubiquitous nature of omicron, thanks to the variant’s high rate of transmissibility, hospitalization numbers of COVID patients have started to rise. Dr. Anthony Fauci had to go on television and clarify that pediatric COVID hospitalizations were often due to incidental testing. …
… New York Gov. Kathy Hochul must have heard Dr. Fauci because earlier this week, she started requiring hospitals to specify whether a hospitalized COVID patient was admitted with COVID symptoms or something else and just happened to test positive. The early results are in, and in New York state, 43% of patients listed as COVID hospitalizations did not list the virus as an admission diagnosis. They simply tested positive on the compulsory testing for all patients. In New York City alone, 51% of those listed as COVID hospitalizations have admissions diagnoses that do not include COVID.
This analysis is not the first to call out the deceptive metrics about hospitalizations. In May of 2021, two studies in California noted that reporting overcounted pediatric hospitalizations for COVID by approximately 40%. …
… There is no reason to believe that the only deaths misattributed to COVID occur in vaccinated patients.