… Before COVID, patients would usually only get tested for influenza if they were being admitted for a respiratory illness.
… In 2020, the panic over COVID-19 changed all that, and suddenly there was mass testing for COVID-19 regardless of whether the patient was in the hospital for respiratory illness or other reasons like depression.
Far more people were tested for COVID than any other influenza.
This excessive testing is reflected in the high numbers of hospitalized patients who were COVID-19 positive but NOT in hospital for COVID.
… Is it credible that the authors compared COVID 2020, with Influenza 2009, 2015 and 2016, without knowing to differentiate between people hospitalized because of COVID-19 illness from people who just tested positive sometime in the 2 weeks prior?
Is it reasonable that the authors suddenly started differentiating between people hospitalized because of COVID from people who only tested positive because they were double “vaccinated”?
Is it reasonable for this to be published in BMJ Open Respiratory Research and called “science”?
If this was a high school book report what grade would you give it?