The Less Visible COVID Database
Can you trust numbers reported in the press?
If you follow, as I do, daily CDC statistics on the pandemic, then you are not seeing what is in a huge database with very different numbers.
The less visible and accessible data are in the CDC Case Surveillance File.
Here are the main key data through the first week in February that sheds better light on the full and real extent of the pandemic.
Whereas the total deaths being reported in the press has been nearly 947,000, the CSF figure is almost 785,500. I do not have a good explanation for the difference. One possible explanation is that the CSF data are for accurately diagnosed cases and deaths definitely attributable to COVID. Perhaps the higher figure is linked to deaths with but not from COVID.
Of that total number of deaths, 425,726 happened in hospitals, and 79,988 in ICUs.
CSF indicates a total of 2,087,643 hospitalizations. That means that about 20% of hospitalized patients died. This supports the fear among many people that being admitted into a hospital is a likely death outcome. That is a pretty high level of death that suggests hospital protocols are not very effective. Those who believe in the efficacy of ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine would be in favor of using those generics for hospitalized COVID patients to save lives.
The current case number reported in the press is nearly 79 million, compared to about 61.3 million in the CSF. Why are there nearly 20 million fewer cases in the CSF data? Are the higher numbers for cases and deaths being reported in the press an attempt to maintain public fear so that people are motivated to get the jab?