Kevin Bae

Non-Social in a Socially Networked World

Associated Press backtracks on case count reporting

Because the case counts are astronomical but hospitalizations and deaths continue to decline the AP finally, in its infinite wisdom, decided to stop emphasizing case counts. Keep in mind that case counts were ALWAYS irrelevant because what is now called a case was never previously called a case.

A case of influenza would have only been called a case of influenza if that person was hospitalized and tested positive for influenza. Because governments of the world wanted to seize control of the world’s population, suddenly a simple positive test, symptoms or not, hospitalization or not, were called confirmed cases. When case counts weren’t high enough when infections waned news outlets started reporting on probable cases and lumping those in with confirmed cases in order to keep the fear at a fever pitch.

I don’t know if sanity has returned or reality is just smacking them all in the face. Either way I still feel like we’re just starting to turn the corner on this.

The Associated Press has recently told its editors and reporters to avoid emphasizing case counts in stories about the disease. That means, for example, no more stories focused solely on a particular country or state setting a one-day record for number of cases, because that claim has become unreliable.

Why omicron is changing how media outlets report on COVID data | AP News