The leftist media has come to a fork in the road, and it’s clear that they have to choose to buckle down and follow the Democrat party rabbit trail or turn back and start to be reasonable again with their coverage of topics like COVID-19.
Jake Tapper spoke with CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, who has been highly criticized because he wasn’t willing to condemn CNN for their coverage of Joe Rogan when Rogan got COVID-19 and used what CNN described as “horse dewormer” Ivermectin.
The recent contention of COVID-19 hospitalizations and the fact that hospitalized with COVID-19 is different from hospitalized because of COVID-19 and the Center for Disease Control’s shift.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky didn’t answer but said a response would be forthcoming. At this point, they don’t have a choice with all of the information coming out about comorbidities. A reasonable human being could conclude that everyone going to the hospital that tests positive for COVID-19 is going there because of symptoms or complications. That would be ridiculous.
More than 40% of New Yorkers hospitalized and tested positive for COVID-19 didn’t go to the hospital because of COVID-19 but for unrelated issues.
Tapper noted that with 40% of people that may have “got into a car accident, they’re there because, you know, they bumped their head,” being included in statistical data for COVID-19 doesn’t make sense.
Gupta said that he’s surprised that there’s been trouble differentiating the data, but it’s important to note that they didn’t want to from day one. Otherwise, they would.
The same as someone with respiratory issues can be classified as the flu, croup, a common cold, or allergies can be classified by symptoms when giving data on COVID-19 hospitalization. It would be a simple check mark based on their intake into the hospital.
There’s one answer: Money.
Medicare gave more money to hospitals for COVID-19 patients than regular patients causing hospitals not to care what classification of COVID-19 the patient was as long as the box was checked. That’s a ridiculous assessment of healthcare. There should be no monetary incentive for any illness.
Gupta said that other states should do what New York is doing, and we couldn’t agree more. There’s no reason to count a COVID-19 hospitalization as a complication if there was no complication, and what if someone tested positive days before and then broke their leg and was tested again? That’s also important to determine. Nobody should be reported twice for the same virus. That will also inflate numbers and give the perception of more infections. Given a compact time frame, retests need to be separated from the original numbers or inaccurate data that leads to speculation.