Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the government often used data to drive their agendas, like lockdowns, masks, social distancing, and even the COVID-19 drug. While some of the data might appear to support their agenda, over the last year, most data has been exposed as being biased or altered. Recently, Dr. Christina Ghaly, who is the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, presented data from four DHS hospitals at a County Board of Supervisors meeting that showed 90% of the patients who tested positive for COVID-19 were not initially hospitalized for the coronavirus.
The news contradicts early reports noting the rise of COVID-19 cases in the area, but Dr. Ghaly explained, “The study [found a] decline in the total number of inpatients who have positive COVID tests.” The doctor even criticized the use of the PCR test for not being accurate. “If you recall, we do test everyone on admission to the hospital for COVID. We used a PCR test, and because of that, there’s a lagging positivity given that the PCR test often remains positive for a couple of months, and it will take time for the trendline to decline to the point where it again mirrors the general population.” She added, “We do still periodically chart audits to look at the total [percentage] of patients who are in the hospital for their COVID illness rather than just with positive COVID test, and that number is currently at 10 percent.”
A Republican who is a current member of the Los Angeles County Board, Kathryn Ann Barger-Leibrich, asked the doctor about the percentage of people who were admitted for COVID and those who were admitted for another reason and then tested positive. Dr. Christina Ghaly, as can be seen in the video above, said, “This is for the four DHS hospitals where we do the manual chart reviews to look at that. 10% are admitted to the hospital for COVID, and 90% are there for incidental findings. But they’re primarily there for another reason.”
Although the PCR tests are known for being inaccurate, government agencies like the CDC continue to promote their use. The CDC Director, Rochelle Walensky, suggested quarantines were no longer needed due to the test’s potential staying positive for up to 3 months. “So, what we do know is the PCR test after infection can be positive for up to 12 weeks, so that is not going to be helpful.”
But when looking on the CDC website, it reads, “CDC recommends clinical laboratories and testing sites that have been using the CDC 2019-nCoV RT-PCR assay select and begin their transition to another FDA-authorized COVID-19 test… CDC encourages laboratories to consider adoption of a multiplexed method that can facilitate detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses.”