Yes, it is misleading

I saw this earlier today in regard to a public health San Diego press release. It’s misleading to use early dates in this propaganda .

What public health is doing here is spreading misinformation – the exact same thing the Surgeon General complained about yesterday. But public health does it all the time.

This next text was written by me before I saw the above – this was in regards to a similar press release from San Diego public health.

New data from the County Health and Human Services Agency shows that since Jan. 1, 2021, COVID-19 has been primarily occurring in San Diegans who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. They represent: 99.8% of deaths 99.88% of hospitalizations 99.1% of cases

Source: Unvaccinated San Diegans Account for Nearly All COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, Deaths | News | San Diego County News Center

Vaccines were not available to the general public until sometime in April. So why include data from January 1st when almost everyone was unvaccinated? In fact, the majority of “cases” between Jan 1 and July occurred in Jan-March time frame.

Yes, I know, I am a brain injured idiot but this looks like cherry picking. Even with appropriate data, the success of vaccines is very good – but why do this? It instills lack of confidence in public health.

They did the same thing in NYC too:

It’s worse – the Director of the CDC said that 99.5% of those who died were not vaccinated – citing data from January 1 onward. This is no mere lie – this is an official government sanctioned disinformation campaign.

I expect the overwhelming majority of hospitalizations and deaths will be among the unvaccinated in May and June – if they were to properly use only that data. But the overwhelming majority of deaths and cases occurred January through March at a time when vaccines were not available, biasing this to falsely show 99.5% or so effectiveness.

Let’s see – we want people to get vaccinated – so surely, having the government issue distorted and misleading vaccination data will persuade the skeptical and hesitant to get vaccinated?

Yet another public health messaging catastrophic failure. 2020 and 2021 will be the source of future case studies in public relations and marketing communications classes for decades to come.

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