A new, wide-ranging definition of “probable cases” for COVID-19 has allowed the number of total cases to spike massively.
Aisha Souri, of the Collin County Epidemiology Department in Texas, revealed the new definition of a probable case on May 18, in a leaked video sent by a whistleblower to Banned.Video. While confirmed cases stay the same, and require a PCR lab result with a confirmed diagnosis, the new probable case definition is wide-ranging.
There are now 15 different ways a case could be counted as a probable COVID-19 case. For example, you could have close contact with someone who is a confirmed or probable case, and would now be counted in the total number of Texas COVID-19 cases.
“You could be considered a case with or without symptoms,” Souri notes. If you come into a location where the virus is “endemic,” that could also count. At the moment, all of Texas falls under this definition.
It is now also possible to have COVID-19 listed as the cause of death on a death certificate without a confirmed, positive lab result. These new probable cases are then added towards the total case count of COVID-19, allowing the numbers to potentially be massively inflated as a result.
Chris Hill, Collin County Judge, remarked on how this could lead to completely unrepresentative numbers:
If you have a subjective fever, and you have a headache, and you live in Collin County, you now meet the definition to be a probable COVID patient. It is remarkable how low the standard is now. If you have one of the major symptoms, if you have a cough or shortness of breath, and you live in Collin County, then you can satisfy the definition for a probable COVID case. But I am very concerned that you could see the numbers increase very rapidly, in a way that is not indicative of what we are seeing in the community and the public health department.
A press conference by Dr Deborah Birx earlier in the year also revealed just how the case numbers are being inflated, with Birx admitting that people who go to the hospital with COVID-19, then die of another ailment that may or may not be related to the diagnosis, are still listed as COVID-19 deaths:
Let’s say the virus causes you to go to the ICU and then causes you to have a heart or kidney problem. Some countries are now recording that as a heart issue, or a kidney issue, and not a COVID 19 death. Right now we’re still recording it… The great thing about having forms that come in and a form that has the ability to mark it as a COVID 19 infection… If someone dies with COVID 19 then we are counting that as a COVID 19 death.
You can watch the full video from Banned.Video below: