Surging COVID cases get reported by the mainstream media every single day. Yet, what is the real truth?
American Thinker will walk us through to reality.
Media outlets often blow up COVID cases for reasons more political than health concerns. For instance, USA Today wrote, “COVID-19 cases rising in 39 states — 9 months into the pandemic: We are overwhelmed.”
We are indeed overwhelmed, but for different reasons. Americans still face overwhelming mandates that restrict their day to day lives, with some businesses still shut down. This is on top of being required to wear masks for nine months.
The USA Today article warns that 39 states recorded increasing cases in the last week than the previous week.
Yet, what exactly is a “case?”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it can be answered with a “case definition.”
A positive test would not necessarily make a case. Instead, a “[p]resumptive laboratory evidence AND either clinical criteria OR epidemiologic evidence” are needed.
The AND signifies that a case does not simply come from a positive test as opposed to the “surging cases” being reported.
Further, more tests could mean more positive results, but not necessarily a COVID case.
House Speaker Nany Pelosi has called for “testing, testing, testing.” Currently, the US conducts over a million tests each day. Under five percent of which comes back positive.
With the US performing higher tests than in other countries, it’s just likely that positive results are also higher. The mainstream media then call this “higher positive result as a “surge” in cases.
On the other hand, hospitalizations as a measure of disease severity have been steadily declining since March. According to the CDC, there were only 700 per week now compared to last spring’s over 3,000 per week.
The so-called “case surges” prompt societal policy decisions with NYC shutting down nine neighborhoods due to an over three percent positive test rate for seven consecutive days. This is even when the whole country’ positive test rate is currently at 4.9 percent.
In July, New York seemingly achieved herd immunity yet is shutting down again for some reason.
Likewise, Colorado Governor Jared Polis extended the use of masks for 30 days because of the “rise in hospitalizations.” The extension conveniently overlaps the election.
With the supposed “rise in hospitalizations,” Coloradans wonder if the mask is even effective at all.
Cases have become the new metric compared to death counts constantly reported in April. The left has been working double-time to blame it all on the president.
The Dems plan is to make the people feel miserable before the election, seeing it as their chance to turn the tide.
It’s a shame the media outlets continually weave false narratives and wouldn’t even bother to explain the difference between a positive test and a case.
After his recovery, President Trump was on the spot when he said, “Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it.”
“We’re going back. We’re going back to work. We’re going to be out front. Don’t let it dominate your lives. Get out there. Be careful.”