One of the worst elements of the COVID-19 pandemic, at least in the United States, has been the massive politicization of a virus that is most definitely real but certainly nothing like the planet-killer we were all initially told it would.
For one, there are so many perverse incentives to not be honest about reporting the spread and the lethality.
Thanks to the way in which Congress wrote coronavirus relief legislation, for instance, hospitals have been ‘incentivized’ to diagnose patients with ‘COVID-19’ as the primary reason for admission, even if they’ve merely tested positive for the virus but are actually in the hospital for something else (heart trouble, diabetes problems, internal medical issues, etc.)
And for the record, that’s not our opinion – that is the view of Dr. Robert Redfield, a virologist and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During an early August hearing