Florida House Report Said COVID Deaths in State Inflated 10 Percent
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One of the worst elements of the COVID-19 pandemic, at least in the United States, has been the massive politicization of a virus that is most definitely real but certainly nothing like the planet-killer we were all initially told it would.
For one, there are so many perverse incentives to not be honest about reporting the spread and the lethality.
Thanks to the way in which Congress wrote coronavirus relief legislation, for instance, hospitals have been ‘incentivized’ to diagnose patients with ‘COVID-19’ as the primary reason for admission, even if they’ve merely tested positive for the virus but are actually in the hospital for something else (heart trouble, diabetes problems, internal medical issues, etc.)
And for the record, that’s not our opinion – that is the view of Dr. Robert Redfield, a virologist and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During an early August hearing in the House, Redfield told Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) there was a “perverse incentive for medical folks to claim that somebody died of COVID versus an automobile accident, for instance,” the congressman said.
"I think you’re correct, in that we’ve seen this in other disease processes too, really in the HIV epidemic, somebody may have a heart attack, but also have HIV — the hospital would prefer the [classification] for HIV because there’s greater reimbursement," Redfield responded.
That literally means that the 'official' COVID-19 death rate cannot be as high as it is claimed to be -- right?
Along these lines, Redfield has a little more explaining to do, one would think
The Washington Examiner noted Thursday:
A Florida House report says 60% of death certificates issued for state residents whose deaths were attributed to COVID-19 had reporting errors and most were filed by medical examiners, not deceased patients’ physicians, which may be inflating the COVID-19 death toll by 10%.
The House analysis also criticized Florida’s adherence to federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, which attribute deaths in which a person tests positive for COVID-19 to the disease.
“Any ‘current’ count of COVID-19 deaths is more accurately described as the number of people with COVID-19 who died, rather than those who died from COVID-19,” the report, which was released by outgoing Speaker of the House Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, said.
According to the report, investigators "examined 13,920 death certificates provided by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH)," said the outlet, before determining that Gov. Ron DeSantis and lawmakers in the state were making policies based on inaccurate data and flawed methodology.
“Precision in data is imperative, not just for proper decision-making, but also for public confidence and consistency of response,” Oliva wrote in a memo to House members that accompanied the report. “Our leaders cannot build upon the soft-footing of compromised data.”
In reality, no leader can base COVID-19 related policies on data that is skewed, perhaps for political purposes but certainly, it would seem according to Redfield, for economic reasons.
How pathetic is all of this getting?