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Beware the Power of Untruth

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When public trust is vital, when knowing the truth is what people want, when the reality is the key – do not feed them half-truths, not from sloppiness and not for political expediency.

Beware the power of an untruth, half-truth, sails that spill wind, calls to care – when the caller is only half there. We have been pressed to accept societal panic, tapering to stress around COVID. Now we learn, reported hospitalization numbers may have been wrong – a half-truth.

What did we learn? In New York, a representative state, hospitalized COVID cases are of two types:  Those admitted for COVID, and those admitted for other reasons who have COVID.

Data just released shows “how many hospitalized individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 were admitted for COVID-19 complications, and how many were admitted for non-COVID-19 conditions” but later tested positive for COVID.  

You might think the first category is large, the second small. But the numbers out of New York are strangely balanced. That has implications big implications.

In New York, 43 percent of “hospital admissions” tested positive for COVID – but “COVID was not included …as one of the reasons for admission.” In other words, 4,928 cases – as of January 7th – in New York’s hospitals have COVID but are there for another reason, while 6,620 patients were actually “admitted due to COVID or complications of COVID.” 

The distinction is vital, vital for public information and policy direction. If COVID was not serious enough to trigger admission, why count that case in hospitalizations? Why feed the public a higher number, suggesting COVID is filling hospitals, if some are just minor cases?

Counts we have been given for COVID hospitalizations that sound high, even scary, and assume patients with COVID in a hospital got there because of COVID. But 4-out-of-10 cases are not in the hospital for COVID, even if they have it.

Why has the ambiguity been permitted to persist, all cases lumped together as if COVID drove them all into a hospital? Shockingly, for New York City, the percentage is even higher. Some 51 percent of those hospitalized who have COVID came for totally different reasons. See, e.g., Almost half of reported NY COVID-19 hospitalizations are not due to COVID-19.

On the numbers, more have COVID yet came for another reason than came for serious COVID symptoms. Thus, 3,060 of those with COVID came for other reasons, only 2,992 for COVID.

This is like saying, 51 percent of those in the hospital have cavities, but only 49 percent came for cavity pain. Or maybe 51 percent have a cough, but only 49 percent are there for the cough.

In short, there are distinctions without a difference, things that do not matter – and there are distinctions that represent a serious difference, and this is one. This new data matters. See also Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network (COVID-NET).

If we are making national policy, pressing edgy federal mandates, scaring people into compliance with threats of federal OSHA penalties, worrying them about job loss, denial of benefits, loss of livelihood, forsaking of their faith, and trying to cajole, persuade, using federal money to advertise a frenzy over vaccines, should we not be using accurate data?

If the total number of cases requiring hospitalization is – in fact – half the overall number who are in hospitals and COVID-positive, is that not a material omission, knowing hype, misleading?

Should that not be made a big public issue? If the disease spreads widely but half with it – even in hospitals – are not there because of it? Does that change things, maybe lower the worry level?

It should. Here again, the federal government is missing the boat. When public trust is vital, when knowing the truth is what people want, when the reality is the key – do not feed them half-truths, not from sloppiness and not for political expediency.

Yet this appears to be what we have, national leaders – and media talkers – intent on stirring public anxiety, whether with good intentions or to push federal money hoping on a return in November, or to encourage mass mail-in ballots, or feed the next crisis.

The whole thing – like claiming certainty around the virus, vaccine, and testing kit data – looks cockeyed. The data is perilously thin, statistically unrepeatable, often contradictory – it stinks. People want reality, not breathless worries, not pandering puff, not cheap crisis talk. 

And the more people are fed half-truths, the more trust they lose. The more data does not support panic and federal mandates, the more they question motivation. Liberty, like health, matters – and both depend on truth.

George Orwell wrote, almost 100 years ago: “The enemies of intellectual liberty always try to present their case as a plea for discipline … The issue truth-versus-untruth is as far as possible kept in the background.” So it increasingly seems.  

Watch the data closely, think hard about what it means – and what it does not mean. Beware the power of untruth, half-truth, sails that spill wind, calls to care – when the caller is only half there. 


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HocasPocas
5 months ago

Where are the relatives of these 15,000 + nursing home patients who were sent to their death camp by governor cuckoo and PA’s wolf in sheeps clothing and other democrat governors who had the same death wish on their senior population?

Rl
5 months ago

That’s exactly right

A Rowe
5 months ago

Evjoyed the article, but have one comment about the eleventh paragraph- it needs to be rewritten. The percentages need to be referencing “total number of those with ‘cavities’ and with a ‘cough’” as the basis of the percentages, not the total number of those in the hospital as I would, and did read it the first time through.

again, a good article, jjust needed to be proofread by another, independent editor.

Phillip Ridenour
5 months ago
Reply to  A Rowe

That seems to be a recurring theme with RBCs articles: someone should proofread them. But if that’s the case, shouldn’t RBC do a better job writing them? Just sayin’.

Glenn G.
5 months ago

Am I wrong or is the data indicating that people entering hospitals for other than covid are testing positive while in the hospital. Are people being hospitalized for any reason being tested for Covid as soon as they are admitted. In any case it appears that the statistics are a mess.

Rl
5 months ago
Reply to  Glenn G.

Exactly.Tests are intentioally flawed to test positive so as the further the hype and receive additional funding from big brother

Di B
5 months ago

Let’s all keep this excellent article in mind come the Fall when a new “lethal” “variant” will appear enabling the Dems to steal the mid-terms.

Rl
5 months ago
Reply to  Di B

YepWake up, speak up and show up America to everything you can.Get involved now

WILLIAM MCKENZIE
5 months ago

They treat it the same way they counted Joe Biden votes in 2020. Half were real votes, and the other half were illegal and fabricated votes.

Dan W.
5 months ago

Ok Bob, you buried the lead. Who won the 2020 presidential election ?

Dan W.
5 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

That would be RBC (Bob), not the Bob commenting on this article.

WILLIAM MCKENZIE
5 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Well, since they counted Joe Biden votes the same way they were counting COVID hospitalizations, Joe ACTUALLY got about 50% of the votes they credited to him.

Dan W.
5 months ago

So the Republicans who counted the votes in Georgia, Wisconsin, and Arizona were double counting Biden’s votes just like the Dems were double counting Biden’s votes in California, New York, and Illinois ?

HocasPocas
5 months ago
Reply to  Dan W.

Machines did a lot of the work for them via internet connection. Surely, you haven’t had your head in the sand for the past year +

Dave
5 months ago

You are far too generous. The whole leftist movement is based on unanchoring the general population from truth. Why? Once you reject the truth, there are only lies left too believe in, and one lie is as good as another. All it takes is a new “study” or an “awareness” campaign to shift public opinion. In other words, the population can then be easily manipulated through propaganda and fake science (such as we have seen with COVID and climate change, as well as many, many other things). That’s the left’s end game. Total control.

Rl
5 months ago
Reply to  Dave

Exactly.Don’t be lazy and accept whatever is thrown out there. Find out for yourself through CREDIBLE sources.

Bob
5 months ago

I’m frankly amazed and a little worried that this is even an article. I thought this was pretty well known among normal people – it is where I am at least. From the beginning, “leadership” in places like California have put out information which is so thinly veiled, it is hard NOT to see it. Things like, “we have just experienced our first death of a COVID patient who is under 30 years old – he was admitted to the hospital after a severe car crash.” From the very first days of COVID we were seeing terminally ill patients with a multitude of issues dying of “COVID”. This has been a farce from the beginning. If a person is among those who don’t see it now, there will not be a time when that person sees it for what it is.

WILLIAM MCKENZIE
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob

And they counted Biden “votes” the same way. Half or less were real, legal votes.

Rl
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob

Exactly right.The Covid treatment is what’s killing most of the real covid patients.

Madpatriot
5 months ago

If you research yourself you will find the truth and there are plenty of reputable doctors, scientists and researchers who have given their findings, So if there are those that chose to believe the TV,
the media, the so called president and the politicians, instead of those that really know, then that is on you! I would NOT want to be int he shoes of those that find out too late they have willingly Put such evil into their bodies without finding out the truth!
THIS IS AMERICA AND WE ARE NOT PEOPLE WHO ARE TOLD HOW TO LIVE, WHAT TO PUT INTO OUR BODIES OR HOW TO THINK!!!…WE DO THAT FOR OURSELVES AND HAVE FOUGHT FOR THAT FREEDOM FOR ABOUT 300 YEARS! NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO MESS WITH US AND THINK WE WILL EVER ACCEPT COMMUNISM AND THEIR CRAP HERE- WITHOUT A MASSIVE FIGHT!

Ralph S
5 months ago

What’s that old saying???
There are lies… damn lies… and statistics! And dat’s da troooth!
BTW… Do all media people still beat their spouses?
And which one’s no longer have cooties?
Statistics, statistics, statistics…
Where’s Sgt. Friday when you need him? “Just the facts ma’am!”

George
5 months ago

Does this mean we had a pandemic or just a manufactured, enhanced pandemic? Does this mean we did not have to shut down the world? What does this mean?

MJC
5 months ago

Call it what it is – a LIE not mistruth!

Art
5 months ago

RBC, THERE ARE LIES AND THERE ARE TRUE LIES. YOU SHOW ME YOUR STATISTICS AND I’LL SHOW YOU MINE. GET THE PICTURE? RUMOR HAS IT THAT MOST DEATHS WERE TO BE CREDITED TO COVID NO MATTER WHAT THE CONNECTION ACTUALLY WAS EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY. ALLEGEDLY HOSPITALS WERE COMPENSATED FOR EACH COVID CASE HANDLED. STATISTICS WERE MANIPULATED FOR $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. I FOR ONE AM TIRED OF THE FAUCI,CDC,AND OTHER BOS VERBIAGE. WHAT WAS THE LINE FROM THE MOVIE? “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!’ LOTS OF $$$$$$$$$$ CONNECTED TO THE LIES.

MJC
5 months ago
Reply to  Art

No. Lies are lies.

Art
5 months ago
Reply to  MJC

I guess you didn’t see the movie. Play on words.

Morbious
5 months ago

Leftists dont believe in objective truth. For them, truth is strictly situational. This mindset prepares them to say whatever necessary in order to meet their goals. Leftist lies about public health are nothing new. In the 80s and 90s they spread the lie that everyone was equally vulnerable to hiv in order to spare homosexuals from public scorn. The media and blue state ‘statistics’ are not to be trusted.

Bob
5 months ago
Reply to  Morbious

If only it was blue states. Hospitals across the nation are doing what corporations do – trying to maximize profits. I live in a historically red state but see those who stand to gain from COVID pushing it relentlessly. It is money. Conviction follows self interest. Always follow the money. Politicians, bureaucrats, and Hospitals are pushing this. Federal workers who don’t have to go to work and yet collect a paycheck are pushing this. Coward physicians who are afraid of being ostracized by their peers are pushing this. In every case, they perceive a personal benefit.

HocasPocas
5 months ago
Reply to  Morbious

Falsi was behind hiv bs too

Philip Hammersley
5 months ago

EVERY plank of the platform of the DIMM party is based on a lie. Whether it is abortion, “global warming,” LGBTQ Etc, taxes, immigration. Not one can stand up to truth and REAL science! DIMMs might as well follow Jim Jones or David Koresh because they are in a LYING cult!

PaulE
5 months ago

RBC,

In order to sell the general public on the narrative that Covid-19 represented a almost certain fatal threat to everyone, pushing half-truths and outright lies were absolutely essential to get wide-spread public buy-in with the various political edicts coming from numerous government officials and politicians.

If the leaders of our so-called CDC, HHS, NIH and other governmental health agencies had been completely honest and stated that Covid-19 posed a fatal risk to only a specific and limited segment of the overall population, the public would have been far less tolerant of the authoritarian edicts that many of our politicians issued over the last two years. We would have instead treated this virus in a completely different manner, with special care devoted to the segment of the population most at risk, while the vast majority of America was not impacted to the degree that it was.

Look at all the unnecessary damage and negative events to this country, that could have been avoided. Also also look at the insane amount of revenue that Pfizer has said they expect to make just off of their Covid-19 vaccine in 2022. They stated in their last earnings call, that they will make over $90 billion dollars in 2022 just off the vaccine alone. That’s up from the $36 billion dollars in 2021. Pfizer donated $400,000 to Joe Biden’s election campaign in 2020 and delayed the announcement of their vaccine until shortly AFTER the 2020 election to ensure the outcome they desired. $400,000 to make over $126 billion dollars over two years seems like a very good investment indeed.

So it doesn’t take any great sleuthing to discover why we’ve been fed a ton of half-truths and outrights lies over these last two years about Covid-19. Politicans got power they wanted out the deal and certain big pharma companies have seen their revenues soar thanks to wide-spread vaccine mandates. In political circles that is what is called a win-win. You can usually just follow the money RBC to find out why certain people are doing certain things.

Art
5 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

HOWDY PaulE! another nice job. Follow the money trail. Plus a “good lie” will outdo the truth anytime.

PaulE
5 months ago
Reply to  Art

The Democrats have always learned from their previous mistakes and that of others they have admired thoughout history like the Nazis, the Soviet communists and the Chinese communists. They then incorporate what they have learned into their next strategy to move their agenda forward.

Virtually nothing the Democrats have done in the last several decades is either new or innovative in any way. It’s all been what they have borrowed from other socialist regimes. The American people would more readily recognize that, if they had a stronger background in the global history of various authoritarian regimes of the last century. Sadly, too many Americans find history boring and avoid the subject. That is until they get smacked upside the head by the Democrats implementing the exact same policies here with predictable results. Then it is frequently too late to do anything about it.

Max
5 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Correct as usual.

anna hubert
5 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Can anyone imagine what would happen in pre 1776 if colonists were faced with such edicts?

Rhonda
5 months ago
Reply to  anna hubert

The American Revolution might have come a little sooner.

Stephen Russell
5 months ago

Untruth via:
Censors online
Public shaming
Cover up
Omissions
Mis/Disinformation

Rl
5 months ago

Exactly S. R.

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