Nearly Half of 2021 COVID Hospitalizations Were for Mild and Asymptomatic Cases

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A study conducted by a team of researchers from Harvard Medical School, Tufts Medical Center, and the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System examined records for nearly 50,000 COVID hospital admissions at more than 100 VA hospitals across the country. They determined that about half of those hospitalized needed supplemental oxygen or had a blood oxygen level below 94% and were considered to have a moderate to severe disease, while the other 48% of patients were considered to be mild or totally asymptomatic. Half of the patients may have been admitted for another reason entirely and only discovered they were diagnosed with COVID after being tested. Dr. Shira Doron, one of the study’s co-authors, says that patients who are hospitalized with rather than from COVID don’t belong in the metric that is counted as a COVID hospitalization. [Everyone knows that, but vaccine zealots do it anyway.] -GEG

A newly released study has found that nearly half of those hospitalized for COVID-19 in 2021 may have been admitted for another reason entirely, or were mild or asymptomatic for the respiratory virus.

Conducted by a team of researchers from Harvard Medical School, Tufts Medical Center, and the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, the yet-to-be peer-reviewed analysis examined electronic records for nearly 50,000 COVID hospital admissions at more than 100 VA hospitals across the country.

According to The Atlantic, researchers “checked to see whether each patient required supplemental oxygen or had a blood oxygen level below 94 percent” and if “either of these conditions was met, the authors classified that patient as having moderate to severe disease; otherwise, the case was considered mild or asymptomatic.”

“The study found that from March 2020 through early January 2021—before vaccination was widespread, and before the Delta variant had arrived—the proportion of patients with mild or asymptomatic disease was 36 percent,” the report read. “From mid-January through the end of June 2021, however, that number rose to 48 percent. In other words, the study suggests that roughly half of all the hospitalized patients showing up on COVID-data dashboards in 2021 may have been admitted for another reason entirely, or had only a mild presentation of disease.”

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The Atlantic:   https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/09/covid-hospitalization-numbers-can-be-misleading/620062/

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