Dr. Anthony Fauci provided some insight regarding the accuracy of
metrics used for counting positive COVID-19 cases in children. On
Wednesday night, Fauci told MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin that since all
children are tested for COVID-19 when they enter a hospital, regardless
of the reason they are there, that many children are hospitalized “with
COVID” rather than “because of COVID.” Because of that, some COVID-19
cases can be “over counted,” Fauci said.
Keen observers would note that many people skeptical of the official
COVID-19 count have argued that exact scenario was happening for quite
As The Washington Examiner reported, Fauci told Moheyldin that
childhood COVID-19 cases were rising for a number of reasons, but that
doesn’t necessarily mean cause for alarm.
“First of all, quantitatively, you’re having so many more people,
including children, who are getting infected. And even though
hospitalization among children is much, much lower on a percentage
basis than hospitalizations for adults, particularly elderly
individuals,” Fauci told the guest host filling in for MSNBC’s Rachel
Maddow, “when you have such a large volume of infections among
children, even with a low level of rate of infection, you’re going to
still see a lot more children who get hospitalized.”
“But the other important thing is that if you look at the children who
are hospitalized, many of them are hospitalized with COVID as opposed
to because of COVID,” Fauci added. “And what we mean by that — if a
child goes in 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.
So it’s over-counting the number of children who are, quote,
‘hospitalized with COVID,’ as opposed to because of COVID.”
Andy Swan flagged that clip Thursday evening, and sarcastically
tweeted, “Fauci regurgitates CONSPIRACY THEORY that ‘hospitalizations’
data is bullshit because most people are in WITH COVID, not FROM
Fauci regurgitates CONSPIRACY THEORY that “hospitalizations”
data is bullshit because most people are in WITH COVID, not
FROM COVID. pic.twitter.com/hZBPa40klC
— Andy Swan (@AndySwan) December 30, 2021
“It is absolutely amazing to watch the EXPERTS! class say word-for-word
what the banned ‘conspiracy theorists’ were trying to communicate for
the past 20 months,” Swan added.
“If you ever wondered if they were lying the whole time, this video
puts any good faith claim to rest,” Mike Cernovich opined.
If you ever wondered if they were lying the whole time, this
video puts any good faith claim to rest.
“With Covid,” not “because of” Covid.
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) December 31, 2021
Even in May of this year, researchers at Stanford stated that people
were vastly overestimating childhood COVID-19 cases for the exact same
reasons that Fauci laid out Wednesday. Fauci — of course — made no
mention that over-counting COVID-19 cases was not a novel idea and that
others had theorized this was happening before.
A reasonable assumption could be made that if hospitals are doing this
for children — and failing to differentiate between patients “with
COVID” vs. patients in the hospital “because of COVID” — then it is
possible they are doing this for adults as well.