According to two research articles published in a medical journal, Hospital Pediatrics, the number of children hospitalized in California for COVID was grossly exaggerated by at least 40% and suspect the same thing happened across other states in the US.
The Blaze provides the details:
“Hospital Pediatrics,” a journal of medicine for pediatric care, published two research papers Wednesday that found child hospitalizations for COVID-19 were over-counted by at least 40% in the state, and researchers believe it’s likely national numbers were similarly inflated. New York magazine reported commentary from Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, and her colleague Amy Beck, an associate professor of pediatrics, that explained the studies’ findings.
“Taken together, these studies underscore the importance of clearly distinguishing between children hospitalized with SARS-CoV-2 found on universal testing versus those hospitalized for COVID-19 disease,” they wrote. The reported hospitalization rates “greatly overestimate the true burden of COVID-19 disease in children.” In an interview, Gandhi told New York magazine “there is no reason to think these findings would be exclusive to California. This sort of retrospective chart review will likely reveal the same findings across the country.”
Of course, the bigger question is why would health officials grossly exaggerate the number of COVID cases in children? One answer might be to terrorize parents into thinking their children were at higher risk of catching the virus than they actually were. Which leads to a second question: why would they do that?
It reminds me of a study in Britain conducted by researchers at Oxford University. They concluded that the number of people who died from COVID in July and August 2020 was exaggerated by 30%.
The researchers noted that people were being classified as COVID deaths when in fact they were dying from cancer or from being hit by a car while walking.
The Daily Mail reports:
The team from Oxford University is concerned that the over counting will get worse as the pandemic continues and that it will give a false representation of the true figure.
Again the obvious question is why did they do that?