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Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Fake News: WND Misinterprets COVID Study To Fearmonger About Myocarditis
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Chief WorldNetDaily COVID misinformer Art Moore wrote in a March 6 article:

Members of an FDA panel were worried about the risk of myocarditis when they approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 shot for children last fall, and now there is more cause for concern.

A new study published by JAMA Pediatrics found adolescents were seven times more likely to be hospitalized for myocarditis after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

The researchers in Hong Kong found an incidence of 39 cases of myocarditis per 100,000 inhabitants. That means that for every 2,563 teens vaccinated with two doses, one was hospitalized for myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle.

Moore is being misleading and deceitful about the study's results. Note that Moore omits what the "seven times more likely" is in comparison to, resumably to fearmonger about the vaccine. In fact, it's in comparision to those receiving a single vaccine dose. Moore also hides the fact that the 43 cases of myocarditis hospitalization that were noted in the study came from a pool of 224,560 adolescents who had received at least one vaccine dose.

That puts the lie to another statistic he cited. Nowhere in the study does it state tha tthere were "39 cases of myocarditis per 100,000 inhabitants" or that one of "every 2,563 teens vaccinated with two doses" were hospitalized for myocarditis. Based on the numbers actually cited in the study, it's one of every 5,222 adolescents. Needless to say, Moore failed to mention that the risk of serious illness or death among unvaccinated adolescents who catch COVID is much greater than vaccine-related myocarditis.

Moore went on to mislead:

The study, published Feb. 25, argued that vaccination policy "for adolescents should consider the trade-off between risks and benefits."

"Among the 343, 700 adolescents in Hong Kong, no COVID-19-related death has been reported, and the only one admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit due to COVID-19 was an imported case, indicating that the risk of death or complications from COVID-19 is extremely low among adolescents in Hong Kong."

Moore is selectively quoting from the study, which also noted that "Since May 2021, no local transmission of SARS-CoV-2 has occurred in Hong Kong, with stringent nonpharmaceutical interventions."That's because Hong Kong, like much of China, has a controversial "zero COVID" policy that quarantines anyone found to have  COVID and mandates testing and lockdowns -- a policy Moore itself has criticized, bashing Anthony Fauci for noting that it is effective.

Moore then called on his usual coterie of COVID misinformers, like Peter McCullough:

Prominent cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough has found from his review of studies that the rate of myocarditis produced by COVID-19 is mild and "inconsequential." However, myocarditis caused by the vaccine can be severe, he said, citing pre-clinical studies showing the lipid nanoparticles – which deliver the spike protein in the mRNA system – "go right into the heart."

"When the kids get myocarditis after the vaccine, 90% have to be hospitalized," McCullough said in a podcast interview in December. "They have dramatic EKG changes, chest pain, early heart failure, they need echocardiograms."

McCullough is wrong -- but Moore will never tell you that. Moore also touted Robert Malone:

Malone, on his SubStack page, said there is increasing evidence that vaccinating young people for COVID-19 is "bad medicine, bad policy and shows poor decision making by the FDA on the rushed decision to grant EUA status to these vaccines, particularly for male adolescents and male young adults."

He urged parents to "consider very carefully before making the decision to vaccinate children."

Malone's wrong too -- but, again, Moore is hiding that fact from you.

Posted by Terry K. at 6:17 PM EDT

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