A study conducted of nearly 50,000 patients testing positive for Coronavirus at 100 VA hospitals across the U.S. between March 2020 and June 2021 found that nearly 36 percent of the coronavirus patients admitted to the hospital had mild-to-asymptomatic results.
The COVID-19 Hospitalization Metric in the Pre- and Post-vaccination Eras as a Measure of Pandemic Severity: A Retrospective, Nationwide Cohort Study
This is critical news because it shows how hospitalization numbers can be used for fear propaganda while ignoring that hospitalization does not automatically mean someone has severe symptoms.
And mind you, this was BEFORE THE VACCINES were out.
The same study also noted that when factoring later hospitalization data with those vaccinated through mid January, 2021, the mild-to-asymptomatic hospitalization rate was around 48 percent.
In another framing, if the VA situation proves to be somewhat like the general population, it’s quite possible that 30 percent to half of all “hospitalizations” were of people who never had serious symptoms.
And this is an important psychological note because so many wish to point to hospitalizations as the evidence of frightful danger when the raw data is the self-selection bias of those going to the hospital and testing “positive” without further delineation by symptoms.
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