The supposed surge in American children being killed by Covid-19 amid rapid spread of the Omicron variant perhaps didn’t happen after all, as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its data with a sharply lower death toll.
The agency’s Covid Data Tracker was updated this week with lower death tolls across all age groups, reducing the overall count by more than 71,000, including by 416 deaths of children. Prior to the fix, the CDC had claimed that 1,755 US children had succumbed to the virus, including 738 this year, amid the Omicron outbreak.
Legacy media outlets and vaccine advocates had cited the erroneous data to suggest that Omicron is particularly dangerous for children, further justifying that they be inoculated against Covid-19. Last November, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky referred to the agency’s tracking figures in calling for regulatory approval to vaccinate children as young as five.
Journalist Melody Schreiber, who authored an article for The Guardian last week on pediatric Covid-19 deaths during the Omicron surge, deleted her Twitter posts about the trend on Thursday, after the CDC figures were changed. Her article claimed that “children seem to be facing increasing risks as mask mandates are abandoned and vaccination rates stall.” Her article was revised to cite a lower toll based on death certificates for cases “involving Covid-19.”