Protecting The Shutdown
The problem of states now having a huge vested interest in managing c-v death statistics had occurred to me:
Guidelines recently released by the Centers for Disease Control bolster concerns that the death toll is being rigged to show a higher fatality rate. “In cases where a definite diagnosis of COVID-19 cannot be made, but it is suspected or likely (e.g., the circumstances are compelling within a reasonable degree of certainty), it is acceptable to report COVID-19 on a death certificate as ‘probable’ or ‘presumed’,” the agency advises. “In these instances, certifiers should use their best clinical judgment in determining if a COVID-19 infection was likely.”
That clinical judgment, alarmingly, does not require administering a test to confirm the presence of the virus.
“Ideally, testing for COVID-19 should be conducted, but it is acceptable to report COVID-19 on a death certificate without this confirmation if the circumstances are compelling within a reasonable degree of certainty,” the guidelines state…
Note that I said a vested interest in managing the statistics. I didn’t say boosting them. The political balancing act requires governments to frighten the public enough to justify destroying the economic lives of their citizens while also assuring the public that, sans shut-downs, the fatalities would definitely have been Even Worse. Both narratives will get an airing for months to come depending on the circumstances.
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