Pam Barker | Director of TLB Europe Reloaded Project
One swallow doesn’t make a summer, so we’re perfectly aware that a single report comprising only a handful of patients in one region of the UK – Devon and Cornwall in the southwest – need not necessarily indicate healthcare admission and testing practices elsewhere in the UK. This little report from Devonlive (Oct 9), however, is rather enlightening.
To drill down a little into what is being said here:
- People have been admitted to hospital ‘because of coronavirus’: does that mean they had somewhat severe respiratory symptoms? Most likely, but that doesn’t mean that they were genuinely coronavirus/covid-19 positive. Perhaps they had pneumonia, flu or other longstanding lung/heart problems. It’s not a slam-dunk that all of them would genuinely have ‘covid’. So this number could be inflated. (Further, we have no data on who these people are and what if any comorbidities they have, which is a primary indicator of covid susceptibility.)
- Those who were tested for covid upon arrival at the hospital but came because of other health problems: so much has been written on the unsuitability of the PCR test (which we assume is being used) that we know for sure that testing ‘positive’ will produce an inflated, false figure.
- Looking at the low figures being quoted here – six patients admitted to various hospitals across two counties – you once again have to question lockdown and mask policies based on raw numbers like this.
The big takeaway here is this: you go to hospital with a broken leg or chest pain, you get tested for coronavirus using an unreliable test, and you end up as a ‘covid’ statistic. Which is a mightily effective way to ramp up those hospital ‘covid’ numbers.
Also from Devonlive yesterday, see this report titled ‘Tough new measures’ warning to Torbay after new COVID cases in schools, care homes and pubs:
Council bosses are warning the public in Torbay that “tougher measures” may be introduced after the first COVID death in four months and 85 new cases in the last week. (ER: one alleged ‘covid’ death in four months; 85 new ‘cases’ – 85 seriously sick people or 85 test results of trace amounts of viral matter?)
Leader of Torbay Council, Councillor Steve Darling, said: “It is imperative that we tackle the number of rising cases in Torbay or we may have no choice but to implement tougher measures.”
Health boss Caroline Dimond who announced the first death in four months this week said: ““COVID-19 infections in Torbay have been rising and we are now seeing cases in our schools, care homes and in the hospitality sector. All age groups are affected.” … (ER: we know this is not true about ‘all age groups’)
Half of COVID-19 patients in hospital in Devon and Cornwall were not admitted for the virus
Latest figures show six people in hospital across the two counties but only 3 were admitted because of coronavirus
STEVE BROWN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Half of the people who were in hospital in Devon and Cornwall having tested positive for COVID-19 were admitted for other reasons, latest figures show.
The monthly NHS trust situation report, which was released on Thursday night – and covers up until October 1 – showed six patients were in hospital across the two counties.
But only three of the admissions were because of coronavirus, with three of them being diagnosed once they were in the hospital – either because they were infected within the hospital or because they were admitted for a different reason unrelated to COVID-19, but unknowingly also had the virus when they were tested. (ER: this assumes that a hospital diagnosis (or test) is 100% reliable, and we are left to read between the lines whether these people were ACTUALLY SICK WITH RELEVANT SYMPTOMS or just had a positive test for trace amounts of some viral DNA.)
For the data for September 30 across the South West, there were TWO new admissions made to hospital due to COVID-19, but SEVEN diagnoses of inpatients of COVID-19. (ER: This seems to be an efficient way to ramp up ‘COVID-19’ numbers.)
The October 1 figures by NHS Trust showed at that time there was one person in Torbay Hospital, one person in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, one in the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and three people in Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
One of those three people in Derriford subsequently died on October 2. (ER: of what?)
Of those six, one patient in Derriford, Torbay and Exeter were all diagnosed with COVID-19 once inside the hospital.
The dataset also showed that of Devon and Cornwall’s six NHS Trusts, all bar one of them on October 1 had seen the number of people in hospital decrease from highs they had earlier that month. (ER: emphasis on the word ‘decrease’.)
Torbay had three patients in hospital on September 25, compared to one on October 1. North Devon Hospital had one patients on September 24, compared to zero on October 1. Exeter had five patients in hospital on September 27, compared to one on October 1. Derriford had six patients in hospital on September 22, compared to three on October 1.
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust hospitals had one patient on September 20, compared to zero on October 1, and the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust hospitals had one patients on October 1, which was the highest figure it had seen in the previous month.
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