ERICKSON: COVID-19 Trutherism | The Daily Wire


Many people seem to believe that the death toll from COVID-19, now over 60,000 in the United States, is exaggerated and that the virus is much more common and widespread than previously thought. Certainly, it seems that the virus is more widespread than previously thought. However, it is not as widespread as some claim. Initial antibody studies were flawed, and there is evidence that some antibody tests were just plain bad, triggering a positive result based on the common cold.

We must recognize that Congress has provided a financial incentive to hospitals to inflate deaths from COVID-19. Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act recently passed by Congress, hospitals will receive 20% more Medicare / Medicaid money based on treating COVID-19 as a primary or secondary infection.

This additional payment of 20% has allowed a number of people to pretend that all deaths are exaggerated and that things are not so bad. While some argue that the virus is no worse than a bad flu, there is also plenty of evidence to suggest that governments are underestimating deaths. Reporting separately, the New York Times and the Financial Times note that urban areas around the world have experienced similar peaks in home deaths. Subtract the averages of people who die from heart attacks, strokes, and other events in these regions, and there is always a larger and largely unexplained peak in people who die. This reasonably suggests that COVID-19 is killing people at home. Many of these unexplained deaths involved respiratory distress.

In the United States, deaths from influenza and pneumonia are counted based on confirmed tests and suspected cases. COVID-19 figures are based on confirmed positive cases. Contrary to some assumptions, the total number of deaths does not include suspected cases of death from COVID-19, with the exception of some in New York. In the 2018-2019 flu season, based on confirmed and suspected flu cases, approximately 34,000 Americans died. In the past nine weeks, more than 50,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 based on confirmed cases.

Some claim that deaths from COVID-19 are exaggerated because people die from other things but have tested positive for COVID-19, so they are classified as dead from COVID-19. There may be isolated cases, but there is no evidence that it is widespread.

There could be an illuminati monitoring the data, inflating deaths and ensuring that each country is hospitalized by this level by 20% and the death rate by 3-5%. Someone somewhere could secretly call hospital administrators around the world to tell everyone to increase their numbers so that everything stays online overall. “Only American hospitals will get this 20% bonus, but we have to keep everyone’s data online to help these American hospitals,” they whispered, and remarkably, everyone who raised social media would keep it all secret.

Instead of a conspiracy, the virus may actually be bad. Maybe some deaths are poorly described. Maybe some of the deaths are exaggerated. But like the Democrats who claim that the Republicans suppressed the vote and that is how they won, the effort to exaggerate and suppress may not be vast enough to change the overall results. COVID-19 is currently killing people at a much higher rate than even a bad flu. Even if the numbers have dropped due to an error or a fabrication, they should drop massively to go down to the flu rate simply on the basis of positive tests.

To date, in nine weeks, more than 60,000 Americans have died on the basis of a positive COVID-19 test. Should we really believe that 40,000 of these deaths were due to something other than COVID-19 and that the paperwork has been rigged? Was it 20,000? Or is it actually a pretty bad virus worse than the flu?

On the other hand, although I think the shelter in place was the right idea, I think moving the goal posts from “flattening the curve” to “clearing the virus before reopening” is a mistake. The Americans did what they were told. We flattened the curve. The virus is bad, but the same goes for economic devastation.

All I can do is give you the data. I can’t make you believe it.

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