A description of suggested criteria for case ascertainment of a specific condition. Symptoms of COVID-19 are non-specific and the disease presentation can range from no symptoms (asymptomatic) to severe pneumonia and death. COVID-19 is a mild to moderate illness for approximately 80% of individuals evaluated with the disease; 15% are severe infection requiring supplemental oxygen; and 5% are critical infections requiring mechanical ventilation. People with COVID-19 generally develop signs and symptoms, including mild respiratory symptoms and fever ~5 days after infection (mean incubation period 5-6 days, range 1-14 days)A1. Clinical Criteria for Reporting In outpatient or telehealth settings, at least two of the following symptoms: fever (measured or subjective), chills, rigors, myalgia, headache, sore throat, new olfactory and taste disorder(s) OR at least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing OR Severe respiratory illness with at least one of the following: Clinical or radiographic evidence of pneumonia, or Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). AND No alternative more likely diagnosis.
REALITY: Anyone said to have a cough, can be included in the hospital reported data as a probable case of Covid-19.
When hospital data reporting “probable cases” comes in to the CDC, it is then aggregated as a “confirmed case” even though the patent was never tested for COVID-19. The above statement from the CDC case definition outlines the reporting standard for symptoms by which to classify potential cases of COVID. Despite the CDC choice of language used to describe the criteria it has laid out, one can boil the information down to the following: Anyone reporting to a hospital who has a cough is now a probable case of COVID, and for CDC reporting purposes they are then added to the list of confirmed cases. This began with the CDC’s April 14, 2020 distributed guidance on COVID reporting guidelines, as is confirmed by the Johns Hopkins COVID tracker.
REALITY: Untested cases are deemed confirmed cases due to similarity in symptoms ie. the patient had a cough.
Positive Tests ARE NOT Positive Infections
As of November 3, 2020 the U.S. had a total number of reported positive tests of 11,090,009. This is in no way an accurate representation of how many COVID-19 infections are currently in the U.S. PCR testing is NOT a diagnostic tool and can in no way determine if the person tested had an active infection, only that similar segments of RNA are present. PCR tests have been disavowed by its creator as a means of detecting active infections in patients, thus the data gathered from them is scientifically meaningless. See the below article for a full explanation of the science behind PCR tests.