In a letter last week, the CDC director discussed the “data modernization initiative” of her agency.
The large drop in the figure of pediatric deaths due to COVID-19 puts the total number at 1,341 nationwide. Children have accounted for about 19% of all COVID-19 cases, though just 0.00%-0.01% of all child COVID-19 cases resulted in deaths.
Last week, in a letter, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky discussed the “Data Modernization Initiative,” a plan to make the CDC’s data more accurate. The efforts come following months of demands from lawmakers and members of the media for more truthful COVID reporting from the government health agency.
To this day, the CDC’s COVID death count does not establish a clear difference between individuals who died as a result of COVID-19, and those who died with COVID-19. A more specific differentiating standard between the two distinct types of death could lead to a further downward revision of the country’s COVID death count.