Last week the CDC quietly and abruptly reduced their figure, noting how many Americans died from COVID-19 by 72,277, acknowledging that those “deaths should not have been counted as COVID-19 deaths,” according to the Daily Wire.
A brief and general statement, offered as an explanation for why the significant adjustment was made, appeared as a footnote on their update. It simply stated that the inflated number was the result of a “coding logic error.”
The revised data considered statistics from only 26 states, which means the actual nationwide count as it stands today will likely need to be reduced further.
The Conservative Institute was highly critical of the latest CDC adjustments and asserted the error was part of a disinformation campaign.
Even worse, the agency has apparently blamed the inflated numbers on its website on “coding errors,” which is not only likely dishonest, but if true, is nothing short of a catastrophic error, as CDC numbers largely guided state and local responses to the pandemic.
Mairead Elordi of The Daily Wire’s Morning Wire noted the slow and vague way the CDC has dealt with inaccurate reporting:
“So they’re pretty cryptic on what exactly these errors were and why they happened, but the end result is that COVID deaths were apparently significantly overcounted.”
Elordi pointed out the significant change in pediatric death reporting. Noting statistics from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Elordi said:
“The huge change in the pediatric death count drops the estimate of COVID deaths in children down to 1,341 nationwide. Children were about 19 percent of all COVID cases but only about a quarter of a percent of those cases were fatal.”
Several liberal-led states have been forced to reduce their reported death counts. Recently, Massachusetts lowered its death count by 3,700.
During a Jan 8 appearance on Fox News Sunday, CDC director Rochelle Walensky failed to clarify how many of the 836,000 Americans reported to have died from COVID-19, had underlying health conditions.
Fox anchor Bret Baier asked: “How many of the 836,000 deaths in the U.S. linked to Covid are from Covid or how many are with Covid but they had other co-morbidities. Do you have that breakdown?”
“Yes, of course,” Walensky replied. “We with Omicron we’re following that very carefully, our death registry takes a few weeks to collect and Omicron has been with us for just a few weeks but those data will be forthcoming.”
Several months later, the data is still not available.
Last week, however, CDC director Rochelle Walensky sent out a letter announcing the agency’s Data Modernization Initiative, intended to make the data they post more reliable and accurate. No other details were provided.
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