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New Study Highlights Huge Difference Between Patients Hospitalized 'With' COVID vs 'From' COVID
Elizabeth Vaughn 9/14/2021 10:01 AM
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We've been down this road before.
Remember when we learned last summer that even if a person died of a gunshot wound or cancer, but happened to have COVID, their death was recorded as a COVID-19 death?
The same phenomenon is playing itself out with hospitalization statistics. On Monday, The Atlantic's David Zweig reported the results of a new study which found that patients who are hospitalized for other conditions, but happen to test positive for COVID, are categorized as "COVID-19 hospitalizations."
This may not sound like a major distinction, but it doubles number of COVID hospitalizations. The number of hospitalizations is a widely followed statistic for those trying to gauge the severity of the pandemic and is often used to direct policy decisions.
Zweig explains just how significant this is:
The number of people hospitalized "with" COVID as opposed to "because of" COVID, Zweig points out, has increased since the introduction of the vaccine. Individuals who are vaccinated tend to have milder cases of the disease than those who are unvaccinated.
Eons ago, when I was in college, I read a book called, "How to Lie with Statistics." Its premise was that a set of data can be manipulated to tell two different stories.
The truth of this concept has been on full display over the past 18 months. Statistics have been weaponized by politicians and the media to increase the public's fear. They have tried to scare us into submission because it's so much easier to control people when they are frightened.
I don't mean to downplay the severity of COVID-19, a disease that has killed millions of people worldwide over the past 18 months.
But it would be helpful to know how many of the 4,655,120 deaths recorded by Worldometers.com (as of 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning), are actually "from" COVID-19.
I only ask that data be truthful, that we are given an accurate version of the risks, so that we can make personal health decisions accordingly.
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Elizabeth Vaughn is a contract writer at The Western Journal and a current contributor to American Free News Network. She is a former contributor to RedState, Newsmax, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have also appeared on Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, MSN, Hot Air, The Gateway Pundit, Ricochet and other sites. Prior to blogging, Elizabeth was a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch and an independent equity trader. She is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother.
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