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‘The Atlantic’ questions the COVID hospitalization numbers

When COVID turned political back in early 2020, there have been alarm bells on the statistics being bandied about concerning the virus. They say that the first casualty in any war is the truth.

Many jurisdictions are now hysterically reporting that hospitals are overflowing with COVID patients. It has never been worse, they claim. The sky is falling in, they say.

But now some are starting to question these alarms.

In its article, “Our Most Reliable Pandemic Number Is Losing Meaning”, The Atlantic reports on a recent study that found nearly half the COVID patients in hospitals have either mild symptoms or are asymptomatic, as in have no symptoms of the virus at all.

Now the fact, that The Atlantic is reporting this is interesting because it is very much embraced the official COVID narrative. It was pro lockdown and pro vaccine. But even it’s now questioning the official COVID stats, stating that for a long time COVID admissions were a reliable determiner of how serious the pandemic was, but no longer.

It appears that doctors were admitting people to hospital as a precautionary measure when they test positive for the virus, because of underlying health issues. I have no problem with that.

But I have a problem with health officials then using this to cry ‘wolf.’

Others were admitted for other health issues and tested positive for COVID in the hospital and are now officially one of those COVID patients overwhelming the health system.

The Atlantic explains:

If you want to make sense of the number of COVID hospitalizations at any given time, you need to know how sick each patient actually is. Until now, that’s been almost impossible to suss out. The federal government requires hospitals to report every patient who tests positive for COVID, yet the overall tallies of COVID hospitalizations, made available on various state and federal dashboards and widely reported on by the media, do not differentiate based on severity of illness. Some patients need extensive medical intervention, such as getting intubated. Others require supplemental oxygen or administration of the steroid dexamethasone. But there are many COVID patients in the hospital with fairly mild symptoms, too, who have been admitted for further observation on account of their comorbidities, or because they reported feeling short of breath. Another portion of the patients in this tally are in the hospital for something unrelated to COVID, and discovered that they were infected only because they were tested upon admission. How many patients fall into each category has been a topic of much speculation. In August, researchers from Harvard Medical School, Tufts Medical Center, and the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System decided to find out.

READ: Our Most Reliable Pandemic Number Is Losing Meaning

It reminds me of the top Health official in the Canadian province of Alberta who recently went public stating that a 14-year-old boy had died of COVID. But it was his sister who called out the province’s most senior heath official stating that her brother had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in January 2021, and two days before he died of brain cancer he tested positive of COVID.

The health official was forced to apologize. READ: Dr. Deena Hinshaw apologizes and says Alberta teen didn’t actually die from COVID

Yes, there are people are dying of COVID and people in hospitals with serious COVID issues, but if you want people to start believing you, then medical officials need to be truthful about what is really going on. Otherwise, no one will believe you, even when you are telling the truth.

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