ChinCOVID hospitalizations overestimated?

No shit.

Studies find California child hospitalizations from COVID-19 were ‘grossly inflated’ by at least 40% — findings ‘likely’ to be the same across US
“Hospital Pediatrics,” a journal of medicine for pediatric care, published two research papers Wednesday that found child hospitalizations for COVID-19 were over-counted by at least 40% in the state, and researchers believe it’s likely national numbers were similarly inflated. New York magazine reported commentary from Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, and her colleague Amy Beck, an associate professor of pediatrics, that explained the studies’ findings.

“Taken together, these studies underscore the importance of clearly distinguishing between children hospitalized with SARS-CoV-2 found on universal testing versus those hospitalized for COVID-19 disease,” they wrote.

The feds paid a premium, above and beyond normal Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements, for “diagnosing” (which didn’t even require a positive test) patients “with” ChinCOVID. And another bonus if they stuck one on a ventilator. (A nurse told me some cases of ventilation did not call for ventilation medically, and very likely did more harm than good.)

The only surprise is that so-called “cases” were only inflated 40%.

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