The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presented incredibly misleading information regarding the risk of COVID-19 to children when suggesting vaccinations for youngsters under the age of five.
According to reports, when the CDC presented data to its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) earlier this month, they included a pre-print study ranking causes of death in children. They then decided to recommend that children between the ages of six months and four receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The study asserted that COVID-19 was a major cause of child fatalities in the US, but observers found significant errors in the data.
According to the study, COVID-19 is among the top six causes of mortality for people aged in groups of 0 to 1-year-old, 1-4 years old, 5 to 9 years old, 10 to 14 years old, and 15 to 19 years old. However, the paper’s ranking of cumulative COVID-19 fatalities alongside yearly rates for other causes of death is misleading, as a COVID-19 tracking website first noted.
The article rates cumulative COVID-19 fatalities as the fifth most common cause of death in the 1-4 age range, ahead of heart disease and influenza. However, it places yearly COVID-19 fatalities at number eight on the list lower down. The cumulative COVID-19 mortality rate is more than twice as high as the annualized death rate for any single age group.
The CDC’s presentation of the data also mixed up fatalities directly attributable to COVID-19 and those for whom it was only a “contributing” factor. COVID-19 did not rank as a top cause of infant mortality when the data is annualized and limited to deaths where the virus was the underlying cause. It comes in ninth place for children under the age of one, behind murder, heart disease, pneumonia, and the flu. CDC data shows accidents have a mortality risk for infants of around 25 times that of COVID-19.
For children between the ages of 1-4 and 5-9, COVID-19 tied for eighth place with four other factors. It came in a two-way tie for eighth place among those aged 10 to 14. It declined from fourth to sixth in terms of causes of death among teens between the ages of 15 and 19.
The CDC declined to comment when questioned about why it provided false statistics.
And why would anyone believe them anyway?