The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took another hit to its credibility when it revealed last month that the official count of COVID-19 deaths was overstated by more than 72,000 people.
The official numbers were revised in 26 states and affected all age group categories. The additional deaths attributed to the pandemic were blamed on a “coding logic error.”
As a result, the number of deaths in the U.S. the CDC says have been caused by the pandemic has been reduced by around 7.5% to around 969,000 people. The latest report does not disclose whether additional revisions are expected.
Even though the revised numbers were only published recently, Mairead Elordi with The Daily Wire has reported the number of COVID deaths was revised in August of last year because of a “data discrepancy.”
Elordi also reported that the revision was most impactful on the number of deaths reported for children. The revised number of nationwide pediatric deaths now stands at 1,341. While children made up around 19% of all reported cases, only about 0.25% of those cases resulted in death.
The latest revision follows another official modification in March. The CDC admitted at that time that erroneous numbers were used for pediatric deaths. The change dropped COVID deaths for those under 18 by an amazing 24%.
As usual, the official numbers were revised from false levels sure to cause greater fear and anxiety. The reason for the March revision was also said to be a “coding logic error.”
By the time the CDC got around to revising the pediatric numbers, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor had already used the inflated numbers during her statements at oral arguments before the court in January. She made a factually incorrect claim at the time that 100,000 American children had been hospitalized with COVID-19, “many on ventilators.”
A group of medical experts blasted the CDC in February over its lack of transparency. The agency was called on to explain why it had shared so little of the official data it had gathered on the pandemic. The CDC said that sharing accurate numbers would “only feed disinformation.”
The agency’s vague responses and admittedly incorrect data reporting make it reasonable for the average American to assume the miscounts and exaggerations are even worse than what is being acknowledged.