Editorial: Get the COVID stats right: The two kinds of hospitalization numbers

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New York Daily News

From the very beginning of the pandemic, when we called it coronavirus, political leaders tasked with making moment to moment decisions to protect public health have relied on a steady stream of data: new infections, breakthrough cases, variant dominance and tragically, deaths. But COVID hospitalizations have the most critical measure in determining the progress of the disease and if our health care system would collapse or not. Hospitalizations were reported directly by medical centers and assumed to imply a certain severity, making them a proper gauge of the virus’ fluctuating intensity. How…

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