The way things were classified in terms of how badly someone was affected by the virus is a point of contention for officials and the public. For example, if someone dies from Coronavirus while they are still alive it is often considered a death caused by the virus.
Kathy Hochul of New York admitted to the fact that hospitalization rates were being manipulated in a similar way. The alarmist New York Democrats are using COVID to increase hospitalizations is a way too often reported.
Hochul admitted, according to WHEC-TV that anyone who went to the hospital to get something was automatically considered a COVID hospitalization.
“Someone is in a car accident they go to the emergency room they test positive for COVID while they’re there, they’re not they’re being treated for COVID… Now someone’s condition can worsen while they’re in the hospital, I’m not saying that won’t happen but I’ve just been doing a random call around to some of the hospital leaders that I touch base with and I’m seeing numbers from 20% to sometimes 50%. We don’t have clear data right now, that’s anecdotal,” the governor explained.
So, Gov. Hochul needs the numbers.
“Beginning tomorrow [Tuesday] we’re going to be asking all hospitals to break out for us, how many people are being hospitalized because of COVID symptoms, how many people happen to test positive just while they’re in there for other treatments,” she said, “I think that’s important, I just want to be honest with New Yorkers about how bad this is. Yes, the number of people infected is high but I want to see whether or not the hospitalizations correlate with that.”
It’s possible that New York no longer needs to inflate numbers for the aforementioned alarmism since Omicron is far more transmissible than previous variants of the virus and the idea is that hospitalizations will rise naturally, but Omicron is far milder than its previous iterations as well and according to previous reports, we can expect hospitalizations to stay relatively low.
(READ: No One Is Scared of Omicron and Even Some Doctors are Shrugging It Off)
However, it is important to note that the lying was openly done by them in an effort to make people comply with their narratives. Yes, we knew they were lying already, but this open admission is proof that they don’t exactly have an issue with it, and if they don’t have an issue lying to you about this, what else don’t they have an issue lying about?
I’d say the lesson here is “don’t trust the bureaucrats” but that lesson has been pretty well taught at this point. I think the better lesson here is “stop panicking.”