Two researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, conducted a literature review on some California hospitals to examine whether children listed as Corona-positive on their hospitalization form had actually been admitted chiefly due to Coronavirus symptoms. Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious-diseases specialist, and Amy Beck, an associate professor of pediatrics, put together their findings in a report titled,
Adjudicating Reasons for Hospitalization Shows That Severe Illness From COVID-19 in Children Is Rare.
In their review, they noted that in one children's hospital with 117 positive hospitalizations, 45 percent of the children admitted were “unlikely” to have been there for disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 because the other diagnoses were more pertinent and there was a lack of Sars-2 symptoms correlation.
In another large children's hospital in Northern California, 40 percent were found to be incidental, that is, while having a positive test, they were admitted to the hospital for reasons other than Coronavirus. In that same hospital, another 40 percent on top were only potentially symptomatic- not certain.
The findings here indicate something that we have been noting for a while now- that there is a wide difference between testing positive and having symptoms, and a wide difference between what the government is reporting versus the actuality of public health.
More of these retrospective studies should be performed to see how many hospitalized corona-positive patients were actually symptomatic.
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