The Coronavirus has understandably monopolized the news while people sit in their homes waiting for local governments to tell them when they can return to work. The frustration is palpable, but how much more frustrated will Americans be to discover all of the self-isolation, social-distancing, lost jobs, and reduced income were based on skewed numbers? Liberty Nation has already reported on hospitals getting paid more to list patients as having COVID-19. LN’s Leesa K. Donner has explained why lockdowns don’t work. Now we also have the White House Coronavirus task force response coordinator, Deborah Birx, saying she doesn’t trust the CDC’s reporting and thinks the death numbers may be inflated by up to 25%. The doctor went further, stating:
“There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust.”
She added that “mortality is slowly declining each day,” stressing the importance of focusing on protecting vulnerable Americans such as the elderly or those with pre-existing health conditions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses the information on death certificates to calculate its data. The Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike blatantly explained during a late April health briefing how COVID deaths are being counted:
“If you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live, and then you also were found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death. It means technically even if you died of a clear alternate cause, but you had COVID at the same time, it’s still listed as a COVID death. So, everyone who’s listed as a COVID death doesn’t mean that that was the cause of the death, but they had COVID at the time of death.”
Is the picture starting to become clear yet? How about when New York City added 3,700 people – overnight – to its Coronavirus death toll who were only “presumed” to have died as a result? These extra numbers increased the U.S. death toll by 17% and included people with symptoms of the virus who weren’t actually diagnosed with it.
It doesn’t help when we can’t get an accurate accounting of infections and deaths either. The numbers depend on the sources and can vary sometimes in a huge way. For example, the CDC website claims 82,246 COVID deaths in the U.S. at the time of this writing. However, elsewhere on its website, that number is 54,861 – and then it lists other causes of death that may or may not have been caused by the virus.
Inaccurate information just makes the situation worse, especially when it comes from professionals or well-recognized individuals. Don’t forget that Dr. Anthony Fauci told the American people on Jan. 21 that Coronavirus was not something to take too seriously. LN’s China-WHO timeline further reveals that just two days later, on Jan. 23, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cast the deciding vote against declaring the outbreak a public health emergency on an international level.
During the congressional hearing on the pandemic, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany pointed out Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for inflating the numbers of infected and death tolls. “Elizabeth Warren erroneously said there were 25,000 new cases today, in fact, there were less than 20,000,” McEnany said. “Sen. Warren said there were 2,000 deaths, in fact, there have been less than a thousand – I spoke with Dr. Birx about that.”
An Axios-Ipsos poll from May 5 titled “Coronavirus Index, Week 9: Second-guessing the death toll” revealed that two-thirds of Americans doubt the official numbers. To further break it down and show the divide, 40% of Republicans think the number of deaths from the virus are overcounted, while only 7% of Democrats believe the same – 63% of Dems think numbers are being undercounted.
With all of the contradicting information being bandied about, what are we supposed to believe?
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