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Study: Half of ‘COVID hospitalizations’ were for mild or non-COVID cases

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Signficant policy implications as officials use metric to justify restrictions

A newly released study reported by the left-leaning magazine the Atlantic found that nearly half of the patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in 2021 may not have been admitted for the virus or had mild symptoms or were asymptomatic.

The researchers from Harvard Medical School, Tufts Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System examined electronic records for nearly 50,000 COVID hospital admissions at more than 100 VA hospitals nationwide, said the Federalist in a report on the article.

The findings have significant public-policy implications affecting entities such as schools and businesses, noted one of the study’s co-authors, Dr. Shira Doron.

“As we look to shift from cases to hospitalizations as a metric to drive policy and assess level of risk to a community or state or country, we should refine the definition of hospitalization,” she said.

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