Let's Make the People as Dumb as Possible and let the Media Handle the Brainwashing
Here's one example of how that works. But you can find examples across all topics that rely on statistics and data. Look closer and you will discover a cover-up for a government policy mistake.
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The US is stumbling in the dark when it comes to breakthrough cases. Why?
Breakthrough cases – infections among vaccinated people – are happening. These are normal and expected because the vaccines, though all powerfully protective against Covid-19, are not 100% effective. But how many people, and which populations, are having breakthrough infections? And what are the chances they will develop long Covid, the cluster of debilitating symptoms that can last for weeks or even months?
It’s difficult to answer these questions because there’s a dearth of rigorous data on breakthrough cases in the United States. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracks only breakthrough cases that lead to hospitalization and death, which it does by gathering data from state health departments. Only 25 states report some data on breakthroughs, and only 15 of those states update it regularly, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of state data. Encouragingly, this data suggests that breakthrough cases among the fully vaccinated are extremely rare – well below 1% in states collecting this information. (Note that undercounts are expected, since people with breakthrough infections may not know they are sick or bother to get tested.)
The CDC used to be more thorough in its surveillance of breakthrough cases. It tracked them all between 1 January and 30 April of this year, counting 10,262 in that time frame. But on 1 May, the agency changed its strategy to investigate only breakthrough cases that led to hospitalization or death. “This shift will help maximize the quality of the data collected on cases of greatest clinical and public health importance,” it explained.
There’s no question that learning about hospitalized or fatal breakthrough cases is critical. But it is just as important to know about the ones that don’t – the ones that are asymptomatic but still contagious, those that lead to mild symptoms and, crucially, those that develop into long Covid. Frankly, it is shocking that breakthrough cases that lead to long Covid are not counted among those of “greatest clinical and health importance” to the CDC.
The general public must have this information so they understand how and why to protect themselves, even if they are vaccinated. Vaccine-hesitant people must have it so they can see that the likelihood of breakthroughs is rare because the vaccines are such a powerful shield against new infections. And researchers must have it so that they can understand how the virus is evolving and track any emerging vaccine-resistant variants that may be driving breakthrough cases.
We cannot afford to navigate yet another phase of the pandemic without data to guide our way.
Read more at the Guardian. The author Yasmin Tayag is a freelance science writer.
This evidence of corrupt negligence at the CDC is probably all the warning that you will get on the immediate need for you to protect yourself to the maximum right now.