CDC Slashes Covid Death Figures

CDC Slashes Covid Death Figures

Under cover of the media's Ukraine hysteria, all sorts of inconvenient aspects of the Covid plague narrative are being revised or buried. In this week's latest example, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removed tens of thousands of COVID-19 deaths from its online tracker.

Prior to March 15, the CDC’s data tracker website “listed 1,755 children as dying from COVID-19 along with approximately 851,000 others,” but on that date “cut 416 deaths among children and over 71,000 elsewhere, arriving at a total of just under 780,000.” 

But now that has been radically changed. “Data on deaths were adjusted after resolving a coding logic error. This resulted in decreased death counts across all demographic categories,” the agency just announced. The timing of the revision comes as some Democrats have been retreating from politically-unpopular COVID restrictions, and fits a broader trend of downward data revisions getting less attention than more dramatic findings.

“The update is an improvement, but it’s at least the third correction to this data, and still does not solve the issue,” Kelley Krohnert, the Georgia resident who identified the latest discrepancy, told Epoch Times via email. “It just highlights that people have been using a flawed source of data when discussing kids and COVID.”

The downgrade follows several public statements from top government health officials this year that marked a dramatic reversal from their prior COVID warnings. In January, CDC director Rochelle Walensky explained the agency’s decision to halve the recommended isolation time for the COVID-afflicted based in part on “what we thought people would be able to tolerate.” That month, White House COVID-19 adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted that hospitals were over-counting child COVID hospitalizations, because “if a child goes to the hospital, they automatically get tested for COVID, and they get counted as a COVID hospitalized individual. When in fact, they may go in for a broken leg, or appendicitis, or something like that.”

In fact, evidence has always suggested that children’s risk from COVID was exaggerated. Last summer, a team of researchers with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine “analyze[d] approximately 48,000 children under 18 diagnosed with Covid in health-insurance data from April to August 2020,” and found a “mortality rate of zero among children without a pre-existing medical condition such as leukemia.” The lead researcher, Dr. Marty Makary, accused the CDC of basing its advocacy of school COVID vaccination on “flimsy data.”

By contrast, the toll of governments acting on pre-revision COVID data has been high, with evidence suggesting that lockdowns were either ineffective at saving lives, or what benefit they offered was outweighed by associated harms.

Last March, the left-wing Associated Press admitted that in America, “California and Florida have experienced almost identical outcomes in COVID-19 case rates,” despite the former imposing some of the most draconian lockdown measures in the country and the latter remaining mostly open, and that the mortality gulf between Connecticut and South Dakota was similarly small despite the wide gulf in their approach to lockdowns.