Progressive pundits and politicians routinely cite hospitalization rates in clamoring for new COVID-19 mandates and restrictions.
A new bombshell study from researchers at Harvard Medical School, Tufts Medical Center, and the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, however, signals that those statistics could be misleading.
New study challenges media narrative
Researchers reportedly examined 50,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations at more than 100 VA hospitals. According to the Daily Caller, they found that 36% of patients admitted between March 2020 and January 2021 had mild or asymptomatic cases.
The mainstream media has been highlighting hospitalizations for more than a year, but this report indicates that there is more context to those numbers than many journalists might want to admit.
Following prior allegations that the media has misled the American people about the reality of COVID-19, the latest study provides new reasons for skepticism about the official narrative.
With a significant percentage of those hospitalized for the virus experiencing mild or asymptomatic infections, it seems clear that the sheer number of admissions is not directly correlated to the severity of the pandemic.
As it turns out, that metric appears unreliable on its own, meaning COVID-19 might not be as serious as commonly advertised by media outlets and politicians.
GOP pushes back against COVID-19 mandates
Throughout the pandemic, officials have amassed increased power that they are unlikely to give up without a fight. For this reason, it could be in their best interest to ensure the crisis lasts as long as possible. Meanwhile, Americans have once again been handed a reason to doubt the so-called expert accounts of media figures, healthcare professionals, and progressive politicians.
As the latest report indicates, millions of Americans who determined months ago that the pandemic is effectively over might have been right all along.
After all, vaccination rates continue to tick upward and even many unvaccinated Americans are believed to have built up some level of immunity from past exposure to the virus.
GOP leaders in states across the nation have repeatedly declared that it is time to return to normal by repealing draconian restrictions and stripping unelected bureaucrats of their power.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been leading the charge, most recently announcing that local governments could face steep fines for requiring employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.