85 Babies Died From COVID-19 In Texas Yesterday

“85 babies died in Texas from COVID-19” is what people infer when they read the following headline: 85 infants under age 1 tested positive for coronavirus in one Texas county. When someone digs deeper into the story, there is a lot of missing information.

This is what was written in the CNN article today, and posted at the top of Twitter’s timeline:

We currently have 85 babies under the age of one year in Nueces County that have all tested positive for Covid-19,” said Annette Rodriguez, director of public health for Corpus Christi Nueces County.

“These babies have not even had their first birthday yet. Please help us stop the spread of this disease.”

She did not provide additional details on their conditions.

That last sentence is really all you need to know. It’s irresponsible for a news outlet to report this without following up. It’s even more reprehensible that Twitter would make this a trending story. It appears as if people read headlines and rarely read details.

She did not provide additional details on their conditions.

Why not? I would ask Annette Rodriguez the following questions:

  1. Were the babies showing symptoms? If they didn’t have symptoms, why were they tested in the first place?
  2. Are the babies ill, and were they hospitalized?
  3. Were they tested randomly?
  4. Who tested the children, and who gave this director of public health the information?
  5. Can it be verified and who is vouching for the integrity of these numbers?

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