Supreme Court Justice spreads an extreme falsehood
January 6, 2022
In her cross-examination of the plaintiffs attempting to stop President Biden's COVID-19 jab-or job mandate, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor told a gross lie about child hospitalizations in the U.S. on Friday, January 7, 2022.
Sotomayor stated that upwards of 100,000 children were hospitalized from COVID-19 and in serious shape, "many" of them on ventilators. This is simply and flatly untrue.
The current estimate of children in hospitals with COVID-19 is around 3,700 - from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, news organizations have had to correct their own reporting on this by showing the truth that a large portion (half in some estimates) are in the hospital due to other reasons. Even Dr. Tony Fauci had to admit and/or confess this on Sunday morning talk shows.
In the opinion of this newspaper, Sotomayor should be censured at a minimum for her huge lapse in judgement...or worse. It's these type of misinformation that is causing undue harm to children with school closures taking place across the country.
Fact: the latest data shows an average of just 334 children (weekly average figure) in the United States admitted to being hospitalized (December 21 to December 27) on a daily basis with COVID-19 out of a population of approximately 78 million. The daily average COVID-19 hospitalizations is 3,700 by the latest data released by the government. Data varies from hospital to hospital, but estimates show that 40 to 60 percent of children with COVID-19 in the hospitals are not in the hospital because of the COVID-19 virus.
Update: on Sunday, January 9, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did her best to correct the record that was smeared by Sotomayor's lying from the SCOTUS bench on January 7. We commend her for her efforts, although it does not change the perception that Sotomayor's mind is made up and appears to be immune from facts.