As the debate about returning the school turns into a full on fight, questions about what’s really going on with the virus numbers are beginning to get more serious. The public gave great leeway to experts’ warnings, accepting lockdown and mask precautions. Weeks turned into months and despite great effort, the experts kept pressing for more closures.
Various anecdotal reports of questionable reporting practices and genuine failures paint a broader picture of intentional inflation. Dozens of reports from Florida have come in as 100% positive. Colorado has revised numbers down, sometimes as much as 25% at a time. Other states have been caught reporting the same case multiple times.
On top of the bad reporting, some testing kits have been found to be pre-contaminated with the virus. This egregious error leads to false reports and also a whole new attack vector for infections to enter a community.
Various Governors have also been called out on policies that placed positive cases into nursing homes. Mixing a dangerous viral disease with then country’s most sensitive population is insanity. Temporary hospitals sat empty while the policy exposed many elderly and caused thousands of unnecessary deaths.
Each year more than 90% of influenza deaths are in the elderly population. Critics of the Governor ask when poor decisions become criminal negligence. Someone can be accused of third-degree murder if they unintentionally cause someone else’s death while committing a dangerous act. Is sending positive patients into the highest-risk population segment negligence?
After getting honest about the numbers of people affected by the coronavirus, it’s possible to get a meaningful comparison with other seasonal flu outbreaks. Texas flu data has been a star example of the primary inflation of covid cases that has lead to hysteria and excessive shutdowns.
Texas Department of Health and Human Services Citation Links
Government influenza data from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services put the death counts for the last two flu seasons at 10,020 and 11,917. For comparison, COVID-19 in 2020 has taken 3,322 lives and we’re halfway through the year.
After months of bashing hydroxychloroquine as untested, dangerous, and criticizing the President for taking it, much of the mainstream media is eating crow this week. A new study released by the Henry Ford Foundation in Michigan shows the anti-malarial drug can be quite helpful if taken during the early stages of a viral infection.
This week the White House took over coronavirus reporting. New guidance was released for how COVID-19 data is reported to the Government. Hospitals and clinics are now instructed to submit their data directly to the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This change is designed to improve accuracy of tracking data to monitor the coronavirus pandemic.
Looking back, general health commentary was a rare thing during the pandemic. Basic tips like getting fresh air, exercise, taking vitamins were all lost in the reporting from major news. Similarly, hydroxycholoquine does not fight coronavirus directly. Instead it’s an immune system booster that can turn the tide during an infection. This minor discrepancy was exploited as reporters claimed the drug had no effect.