1/ Last May, @EWoodhouse7 and I uncovered an issue with the age demographics for CDC death reporting. The CDC Data Tracker OVERstates pediatric and young adult deaths and UNDERstates deaths in all other age groups, as compared to the more authoritative CDC death data from NCHS.
2/ Despite being told in May 2021 that they were working to fix this, the issue still has not been resolved. Pediatric death numbers on the Data Tracker are 61% higher than NCHS data, while over all ages the Data Tracker is 14% lower than NCHS.
3/ The links to the these two data sources are below.
CDC Data Tracker: covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tra…
NCHS: data.cdc.gov/NCHS/Provision…
4/ Here's the original thread where @EWoodhouse7 first addressed this issue.
5/ And here's the response from CDC in **May 2021** saying they hoped to have a resolution "soon."
6/ Also worth noting - a CDC MMWR from April 2021 found that 35% of pediatric death certificates with COVID-19 dx had "no plausible chain-of-even or significant contributing condition." Could this be a factor in the bad data? cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/7…
7/ Whatever the issue is, the discrepancy and likely overstatement of pediatric deaths is a significant issue that @CDCgov must resolve. Parents and doctors can't be expected to make accurate decisions with such poor quality data. @cyrusshahpar46

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Almost a year later and doctors at @bswhealth_cares still won't see patients with a cough. As a result, I have a sick family member with heart failure who can't get medical care. WTAF.
@bswhealth_cares And in case you thought their web site might be helpful, think again. This is the only question in their FAQ with no answer. Image
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How is Matthew McConaughey's position even controversial?!? The doctors in the FDA advisory meeting shared the same concerns about mandating the vaccine for children.
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1/ You may have seen a startling report that hospital admissions are up 26% this week in Georgia. Simply put, they are not. This is a reporting artifact based on delayed and inconsistent reporting from GA DPH. Ignore anyone who tells you otherwise. 🧵
2/ Here is the same data presented by date of onset (from the Fulton County Epi report) instead of date of report (my graph based on net change from GA DPH daily totals). This inconsistency is why I stopped using this GA DPH hospitalization metric. It's junk.
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1/ People keep complaining about "delays" on the vax for <12. But there is no delay yet. Trials are still underway. In May, Pfizer said they hoped to submit data from their 5-11yo trial in September and request EUA from the FDA.
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3/ Over the summer, the FDA did ask Pfizer and Moderna to expand their trials in kids under 12 (reportedly to better detect any safety signals) - but that was after the late Sept. EUA request date was established. So any potential delay from that hasn't even come into play yet.
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3/ In March-April, adolescent hospitalizations increased - that's true. But hospitalizations increased for ALL age groups during the spring surge. And started dropping right after the study period ended on April 24.
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1/ 🧵There's been a lot of talk about % positive in Georgia after today's briefing with @GovKemp and Dr. Toomey of @GaDPH. I wanted to provide some clarification. There are several % positive numbers on the DPH web site right now, and it can be confusing. #covid19ga #gapol
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It's down to 5.9% from 6.0% a week ago. Image
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