Covid-19: A few words make a very big difference

But words matter as much as they always have been in this time of a deadly and alternative pandemic facts.

Things that are just plain wrong take their own lives. A twice edited video of a government official led to a lie.

CNN’s Daniel Dale has his full fact-checking, but the story is that millions of people on Twitter watched the 11-second video of Dr. Rochelle Wallinsky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saying these words:

“The huge number of deaths, more than 75%, happened to people who had at least four comorbidities, so these were really sick people to begin with.”

This is not the whole story. Walinsky said those words. But she was talking about a very specific group of Covid-19 deaths, among the vaccinated people in one of the studies.

Walinsky was talking about how encouraging it was that the vast majority of people vaccinated were safe from death from Covid-19.

As shared on Twitter by conservative broadcaster Clay Travis on radio and television, the video gave a completely different and wrong impression.

Travis added his mis-context: “The director of the CDC just said that over 75% of the ‘Covid deaths’ have occurred in people with at least four comorbidities. Because Biden can’t shut down Covid, all of this data is suddenly being shared publicly.”

I’m still here. Incidentally, the tweet is still online, although it does include a label from Twitter that says, “This media is being served out of context.” The video has garnered more than 4 million views.

Dell, along with other fact-checkers, traced the clip back to “Good Morning America,” who posted a longer but still-editor clip. News programs often cut interviews for time, but in this case GMA pared down its important context.

new trend. Walensky’s edit isn’t the only example of a title devoid of context in recent days.

“Most people will get Covid,” were the words of Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock during his appearance before lawmakers on Tuesday.

They seemed, out of context, to be a sharp departure from the “stop the proliferation” mantra that Americans have been asked to practice over the past two years. years.

You still need to take precautions. As the Omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads across the country, Woodcock’s admission to lawmakers has caused some wounds — even if anyone who was paying close attention realizes that Covid-19’s actions are aimed at slowing the virus rather than eliminating it.

That important context was in the following words that came out of Woodcock’s mouth: “What we need to do is make sure the hospitals are still running.”

this means Americans still need to wear their masks and get vaccinations and boosters. And they may need to upgrade their masks.
Shy. CNN contributor Dr. Abdel Sayed Murtbak with Woodcock’s testimony. First, he argued with John Berman and Caitlan Collins on CNN on ‘A New Day’ that there is no empirical evidence to suggest that what Woodcock said was correct, even if it seemed clear from the way the Omicron variable rose.

Most importantly, he said, it can create a national sense of competition when focus is what is needed.

“If[Americans]think this is inevitable, and most people will understand it, in some ways it kind of eliminates the incentive to do what you can to protect yourself,” the master said. “It was also somewhat surprising and mystifying as a means of scientific communication.”

Confusion over when to change tactics as the virus changes has been the main story of Covid-19. The government often seemed slow to act.

Research vs. Getting Covid-19. Mr. was more in agreement with the words used by Dr. Anthony Fauci, who also appeared on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

“You will find Omicron, with an extraordinary and unprecedented degree of efficiency in transmissibility, almost everyone,” said Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor.

Fauci added more context to Woodcock when he appeared at a White House news conference on Wednesday.

“What Dr. Woodcock was referring to when she said most of us would eventually get an omicron was not that most of us would eventually get sick with an omicron,” Fauci said.

Aside: Fauci is poised to respond to Republicans who criticize him during his testimony before Congress. CNN’s Paul LeBlanc wrote about Fauci’s criticism with Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Roger Marshall of Kansas, who Fauci heard calling him a “moron.”

The bottom line from all government officials is that people must be vaccinated and strengthened.

Fauci said there is “a split between people who get Omicron and those who get vaccinated (and) how well they are protected from hospitalization and death.”

The division is indisputable. Dr. Ismail Bursa, CEO of Harris Health System in Houston, Putting data from his hospital system Tuesday on CNN.

Since January 2021:

  • 282 people have died of Covid-19 in Harris Health System as of January 5, 2022.
  • Of these, only nine have been vaccinated.
  • Zero was grafted and reinforced.

other addresses. Here are some Covid-19 developments worth reading.

Death rate in the United States: The CDC expects more than 62,000 deaths from Covid-19 in the next four weeks, which could hit the United States with more than 900,000 Covid-19 deaths. The average daily death toll will jump by nearly 1,000.
around the world: Omicron has reached almost every country on Earth, according to one of the reviews.
Omicron Economy: Seats are vacant and ticket sales are low on Broadway as mask and vaccine requirements have been extended through April. Restaurants are badly damaged – again. CNN’s Vanessa Yurkevich spoke to money-losing restaurateurs and looked into calls for new funding to save the industry.
lasting effects: The individual effects of mild Covid-19 may last for a while. A Canadian study published on Wednesday of middle-aged and older adults indicated that people with relatively mild cases of coronavirus had problems with mobility.

Transparency enhancement: Former President Donald Trump, who was not immediately involved in the vaccination status as president and was booed by some Republicans after saying he had received a booster dose, wants others in his party to be more open about their situation.

“I watched an interview with two politicians, and one of the questions was, ‘Have you got a booster shot? “Because they got vaccinated and they answer like — in other words, the answer is ‘yes’ but they don’t want to say it, because they’re so gutless,” Trump told the far-right One America News. He may have been talking specifically about Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a potential contender in the 2024 presidential primary, who recently sidestepped a question about whether he got a boost.
very sick: West Virginia’s Republican governor, Jim Justice, said he has been vaccinated, boosted and contracted Covid-19. He was forced to postpone the State of the State address.

“While I was surprised that my test results came back positive, I am thankful to the Lord above that I have been vaccinated, strengthened, and have an amazing support system, especially my loving family,” Justice said in a statement.

“However, I feel very unwell at this point.”


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