Dr. Leana Wen slammed after admitting there's been 'overcounting' of CO
From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Sun Jan 15 08:01:57 2023
By Gabriel Hays
Published January 14, 2023
Wen began her column with some apparent skepticism about the CDC’s
latest COVID-19 death stats: "According to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, the United States is experiencing around 400
COVID deaths every day. At that rate, there would be nearly 150,000
deaths a year. But are these Americans dying from COVID or with COVID?"
The doctor claimed that "Understanding this distinction is crucial to
putting the continuing toll of the coronavirus into perspective.
Determining how likely it is an infection will result in
hospitalization or death helps people weigh their own risk."
Mentioning the first, she wrote, "Robin Dretler, an attending physician
at Emory Decatur Hospital and the former president of Georgia’s chapter
of Infectious Diseases Society of America, estimates that at his
hospital, 90 percent of patients diagnosed with COVID are actually in
the hospital for some other illness."
Dretler told the analyst, "Since every hospitalized patient gets tested
for COVID many are incidentally positive." Wen noted how people with
gunshot wounds or other serious illnesses often test positive for the
virus, and wrote, "If these patients die, COVID might get added to
their death certificate along with the other diagnoses. But the
coronavirus was not the primary contributor to their death and often
played no role at all."
Dretler admitted this contributed to "imprecise reporting" on COVID
deaths and hospitalizations, which he added did not come from a place
of "bad intent." He denied that there was any "conspiracy" behind it to "exaggerate coronavirus numbers for some nefarious purpose."