Chief White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci finally acknowledged an important point about Covid-19 case numbers in hospitalized children.
During a segment with MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin on Wednesday, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that since every child is tested for Covid-19 when they go to the hospital for any reason, they get counted as being there “with Covid" if positive.
This helps explain why there’s been an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases among children.
“First of all, quantitatively, you’re having so many more people, including children, who are getting infected. And even though hospitalization among children is much, much lower on a percentage basis than hospitalizations for adults, particularly elderly individuals, when you have such a large volume of infections among children, even with a low level of rate of infection, you’re going to still see a lot more children who get hospitalized," he said.
“But the other important thing is that if you look at the children who are hospitalized, many of them are hospitalized with Covid as opposed to because of Covid,” Fauci continued, emphasis added. “And what we mean by that — if a child goes in the hospital, they automatically get tested for Covid. And they get counted as a Covid-hospitalized individual. When in fact, they may go in for a broken leg or appendicitis or something like that. So, it’s over-counting the number of children who are, quote, ‘hospitalized with Covid,’ as opposed to because of Covid.”
Many pointed out that people were banned from social media channels for making this exact point, which is happening not just for children but adults, too.
"Fauci acknowledges what others were censored for saying: Many children enter hospitals for reasons unrelated to Covid like broken bones but are registered as Covid hospitalizations simply because they got a + PCR test, thereby inflating the numbers," said The Grayzone's editor Max Blumenthal.
Pro-tip: It’s not just children. And it’s been happening since the start.— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) December 30, 2021
Nice of Fauci to join in on the facts now that his narratives are crumbling everywhere. https://t.co/DWeaXUFXYl
Folks. FOLKS!— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) December 30, 2021
Fauci got the memo from someone (@WHCOS?) to peddle back some of the rhetoric and rules.
He finally identified the WITH vs OF Coronavirus!
He says this means there is an over counting of children who are hospitalized due to COVID.
O.M.G.— Justin Hart (@justin_hart) December 31, 2021
I can remember people getting kicked off of Twitter for saying this. Fauci ADMITS: children are mostly hospitalized WITH Covid not FROM Covid. Team Apocalypse HATES when we say that... here's Fauci adopting this fact as if he's known it all along.https://t.co/0xfRGV7haO
NOT NEW! In fact glaringly obvious to any fair minded observer since day 1 of the pandemic, and true for children and adults. Looks like @WHCOS has instructed Fauci to finally acknowledge the truth. Internal polling must be catastrophic with an election less than a year away. https://t.co/u8XXaMunPo— Ramin Farzaneh-Far MD (@rfsquared) December 31, 2021
It took TWO YEARS to admit this. https://t.co/6YGlzwjuaZ— Michael Duncan (@MichaelDuncan) December 31, 2021