Wen Will She Stop Her Fear-Mongering?

Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Leana Wen warns that ‘The pandemic isn’t over – especially for our children’ (May 26). Yet as in previous columns, she here again stokes fears of Covid-19 only by presenting data utterly out of context. … Wen slips into her familiar fear-mongering mode by noting that ‘some children have become seriously ill, with more than 16,000 hospitalizations reported from a database of 24 states and New York City.’ … The implication is that, nationwide, Covid caused about 32,000 children to be hospitalized …. the number of American children who in 2019 at least twice suffered injuries or illnesses serious enough to warrant visits to emergency rooms was about 4.1 million. Even if a mere one percent of these children required overnight hospitalization on just one of their visits, the resulting number of these non-Covid hospitalizations – 41,000 – was 28 percent higher than is the number of children hospitalized for Covid.” (05/26/21)