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60% of Covid Hospital Patients Admitted for Unrelated Reasons

The Telegraph reported on Monday that more than half of patients counted in the COVID hospitalisation numbers did not test positive until they were admitted. (Everyone must take a COVID test before entering a hospital in England.) Only 44% tested positive prior to being admitted.

The data seen by The Telegraph correspond to 22nd July. On that date, 827 “COVID-19 patients” were admitted to hospital, according to the Government’s coronavirus dashboard. However, the true number of people hospitalised because of COVID-19 may be far lower.

But typically the hospitalisations numbers don't exclude people who were admitted for non-COVID reasons (say, a broken leg) but simply happened to test positive upon admission. The Government, however, are more than happy to claim that the number of those in hospital with Covid is rising, conveniently ignoring that 60% of them went to hospital for entirely different reasons.

This number will be further inflated by patients who have taken the unreliable test prior to entering hospital and are suffering from any number of other respiratory diseases such as flu, or pneumonia. The true number of “COVID-19 patients” admitted to hospital last Thursday could be as low as 363 (i.e., 44% of 827).

The Telegraph story highlights an important point, that Vision News has repeatedly made during the pandemic. Testing positive on a PCR or lateral flow test is not the same thing as having the disease COVID-19. As the inventor of PCR said "you can amplify one single molecule, up to something that you can really measure, which PCR can do, then there are very few molecules that you don't have one single one of them.. It doesn't tell you if you are sick, and it doesn't tell you that the thing you ended up with, really was going to hurt you"

According to the ONS’s Coronavirus Infection Survey, the percentage of people in England infected with the virus went from 0.22% in the week ending 19th June to 1.36% in the week ending 17th July – an increase of 1.1 percentage points. In July of 2019, there were 1.3 million inpatients admissions, or 42,000 per day. If the percentage of inpatients testing positive rose by 1.1 percentage points due to a general increase in transmission, that would yield an additional 462 “COVID-19 patients” by the end of the month. This is something of a back-of-an-envelope calculation but shows what is going on here. The Government, along with the media, are deliberately spinning the Covid figures to fit the pandemic narrative.

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