by Dean Garrison, DC Clothesline:
In addition to the State of Washington now admitting to testing just 25 people for coronavirus while refusing to test 712 people who are high-risk possible carriers, the State of Florida is now concealing all testing numbers from the public, then lying about the reason why.
We have now entered the phase of pandemic secrecy where state governments are deliberately concealing the number of tests and infections in order to “pull a China” and pretend that coronavirus outbreaks aren’t happening in the United States. It is the clearest evidence yet that coronavirus outbreaks are happening in America and are being desperately covered up. (No story can be believed to be true until it is officially denied.)
According to the Tampa Bay Times, “state health officials say they can’t disclose how many people have been tested for the virus… state Surgeon General Scott Rivkees said the Florida Department of Health is not authorized to publish the number of people in the state being tested for the virus out of privacy concerns.”
But that’s a lie.
Publishing aggregate numbers without any personally identifiable information doesn’t violate any law or regulation related to personal health privacy. In fact, as the Tampa Bay Times reports:
Senators pressed Rivkees, recalling that during the mosquito-born Zika infection outbreak in 2015 and 2016, the state frequently published the number of specimens that were being tested.
Coronavirus numbers don’t have to be published, claims Rivkees, because he says the coronavirus isn’t airborne like Zika.
First of all, what does the “airborne” argument have to do with his initial claim that no aggregate data can be released because it somehow violates patient privacy? Does the airborne nature of an infectious disease nullify the privacy regulations? Of course not. His argument is nonsensical.
Secondly — and more importantly — if the coronavirus isn’t airborne as he claims, then why is every other scientist and doctor in the world warning that it’s airborne? And how did the coronavirus infect over 500 passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship who were locked in their rooms but sharing the same recirculated air?
Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees seems to be the only person in the world who hasn’t yet learned the coronavirus is airborne, and he’s running the pandemic response team for the State of Florida!