Dr. Kristin Held is the President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). She has written an article that exposes the trickery used by the CDC and the State Boards of Health to inflate the COVID-19 infection and death rates. She explains how it was done.
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) adopted new definitions of COVID-19 cases and COVID-related deaths in April that were adopted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in May. The states were then encouraged to adopt the new definitions.
These new definitions had the direct effect of artificially inflating the COVID-19 case and death statistics. Dr. Held reveals that under the new criteria “COVID-related deaths can include anyone who has COVID-19 listed on their death certificate as one of the causes of death- it doesn’t have to be the first or second cause, and no COVID-19 testing is required.”
There is a political motivation to increase COVID-19 case and death statistics. Dr. Held reveals that the hospitals that go along with that political program are being handsomely compensated by the Federal Government. Dr. Held explains:
Why would someone want to inflate case counts, and what are the risks and benefits of doing so? As reported in Modern Healthcare, July 17, 2020, “HHS to send $10 billion in round two of relief grants to COVID-19 hot spots.” Modern Healthcare reports, “Hospitals that had more than 161 COVID-19 admissions between January 1 and June 10 will be paid $50,000 for each COVID-19 admission. HHS asked hospitals to start submitting COVID-19 admission data on June 8.”
Hospitals that use the new CDC definition stand to make millions of dollars. The first round of HHS grants was $12 billion and paid $76,975 per admission to hospitals that had more than 100 COVID-19 admissions from January 1 through April 1. Clearly, states hit early got tons of money- Illinois got $740 M, New York got $684 M, and Pennsylvania got $655 M alone. Additionally, Medicaid will pay out $15 billion in relief funds- hospitals must apply by August, so the more cases the better the return.
Remember, this is on top of the extra money commercial insurers and the extra 20% Medicare pay the hospitals for patients hospitalized “with COVID-19.” The hospitals reporting the most cases get the most money. In addition to expanding the definition of a New COVID-19 case to include exposure to a COVID-19 positive patient and a self-reported fever, lowering admission thresholds, and requiring testing on every admission, the ability to code a hospital admission as “with-COVID” is easy and becomes a very lucrative business model.
Dr. Held concludes:
Clearly, hospitals are financially incentivized to code more COVID cases and deaths. Definitions matter. Another sad consequence is that we are losing freedoms and destroying our state and country based on the inflated numbers. Our reopenings are based on these numbers –we have lost our ability to congregate in groups of 10 or more, go to church, school, weddings, funerals, sporting events, concerts, or go anywhere without a mask, or hug our parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, and the lonely.
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:10.
Politicians Knew Ahead of Time that the New Definition for a COVID-19 Infection Would Artificially Inflate the Numbers
On May 28, 2020, Texas Scorecard’s Erin Anderson reported that “North Texas officials are warning changes in how the state defines and reports cases of the Chinese coronavirus could ‘significantly and artificially’ spike local case totals, creating false alarm as Texas begins to reopen for business.”
Anderson explains that “Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will begin reporting ‘probable’ COVID-19 cases in addition to ‘confirmed’ cases. Texas is also expanding its criteria for defining ‘probable’ cases, as well as COVID-related deaths.”
Anderson further reveals:
Prior to the new case-definition guidelines, Collin County and Texas have been reporting “confirmed” cases based on laboratory PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests which detect SARS-CoV-2 RNA in a clinical specimen.
Under the state’s expanded criteria, it is possible to meet the definition of a probable COVID-19 case without exhibiting any symptoms at all.
Collin County Texas Judge Chris Hill explained the harmful effects of the new misleading reporting criteria:
The increase in false positives will result in more residents quarantined for insignificant reasons and will raise public distrust of the state’s reporting. It will also stress health department resources, as contact tracing of more “probable” cases will lead to inflated lists of people being monitored.
“None of these help us stop the spread of COVID-19, nor do they strike a prudent balance between public health priorities and individual concerns,” he said. “This is not the way to keep our communities healthy.”
Texas Scorecard provided a chart obtained from the Collin County, Texas, Health Department, that revealed how the New COVID-19 infection definition has the potential for inflating the COVID-19 statistics 17 fold.
According to a Collin County, Texas, Health Department Official testifying at a public hearing, the Medical Examiner is now permitted to mark down COVID-19 as a cause of death “if they think that it’s possibly related and they just list it as a cause. That will be counted. So, no diagnostic testing is needed to be counted as a death related to COVID.” The health official emphasized upon questioning that no test is necessary. She stated that “it doesn’t matter how they arrange the cause of death, in this example, it’s listed at the third level. So it doesn’t have to be first, second. They had so many underlying conditions; if it is listed then they will count it [as a COVID-19 death.]”
I know it sounds strange, but it is true. The May 11, 2020, guidance given by John Hellerstedt, M.D., Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services is that someone could be determined to have COVID-19 with no COVID-19 laboratory testing.
Indeed, according to the guidance from the Texas Department of State Health Services, if someone has traveled to or is a resident “in an area with sustained, ongoing community transmission of SARS-CoV-2” and later has a simple cough, that is sufficient for the person to be considered a COVID-19 case if there is “no alternative more likely diagnosis.”
That means that if a person lives in an area where there is a COVID-19 breakout and he has a cough, a doctor could just guess that the person has COVID-19 if he doesn’t know what else could be the reason for the cough. Thus the statistics are self-fulfilling prophecies. If the area is considered a “sustained, ongoing community transmission” of COVID-19 then virtually anyone with a cough could be listed as among the COVID-19 statistics which spins up the COVID-19 statistics for the area, and ensuring the area remains one with “sustained, ongoing community transmission” of COVID-19 and accelerating the inclusion of more and more people who do not really have COVID-19 but who are falsely listed as COVID-19 cases. Presto-Chango, you get an instant COVID-19 statistical spike, with no real COVID-19 actual cases. But that statistical spike is then broadcast on the news as a new breakout in COVID-19 cases.
They are just making up the COVID-19 numbers. The COVID-19 statistics are lies.
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The Spike in COVID-19 Cases is a Result of the Redefinition of What is a COVID-19 Case
It took time for the CDC’s new definition for COVID-19 to be implemented by the states. But eventually, that new definition bore the sour fruit planned by the CDC. As the states began to implement the new CDC guidance, we find a spike in COVID-19 cases. Notice in the chart below that reveals a spike in cases beginning on or about June 13-16, 2020. Dr. Held wonders about that spike. Was it due to the redefining of what is a COVID-19 case?
We must answer the question, what happened June 14-16, because something did when you look at the stats. (Did redefining what constitutes a COVID-19 case, hospitalization, or death change the numbers? Did federal financial aid to hospitals change admitting thresholds and practices? Did the FDA withdrawing its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) alter outpatient treatment resulting in COVID-surging? Was it the Riots? Or what?)
Was the “second wave” predicted by Dr. Fauci and others something that they planned for happening by rigging the COVID-19 numbers? The evidence indicates that is the case.