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U.S. CDC Illegally Changed Data Reporting Protocols for COVID-19; Causing Excessive, Artificially Inflated Case and Death Numbers


By:  David Deschesne

Fort Fairfield Journal, February 24, 2021


   According to a study completed in October, 2020 by the Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge1 (IPAK), the U.S. CDC illegally adopted brand new protocols for counting cases and deaths for COVID-19, departing from years of standard, proven policy without going through the proper vetting and approval process established by law.  These changes, which were not subject to public comment or debate changed the way hospitals reported disease and death only for COVID-19 and thus caused excessively high “positive” case numbers for SARS-CoV-2 as well as official death counts way beyond what they would have been if already established protocols for disease and mortality survey were followed.  It was as if the CDC was deliberately setting up COVID-19 to have its data compiled in such a way as to artificially magnify the disease to appear worse than what it actually turned out to be.

   The report was authored by Henry Elay, from the Energetic Health Institute; Michael McEvoy, from the Metabolic Healing Institute; Monica Sava from the University of Maryland; Sandeep Gupta, from the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; Daniel Simon, from Beacon of Hope; and Paul Anderson, from Anderson Medical Group.  Also assisting were Daniel Chong, John Nowicki, and James Jordon.

    COVID-19 was declared a ‘pandemic’ on March 11, 2020 by the World Health Organization (WHO).  According to IPAK, “As such, any data gathering related to this illness must be done with the utmost transparency to ensure the public and public officials have sound data upon which to make vitally important decisions.”

    On multiple occasions, the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), under the direction of the CDC violated federal law by not submitting their rule changes through the proper channels for review and commentary by the public and medical community and thus arbitrarily and illegally changed decades-old protocol for disease reporting which resulted in overtly skewed and unreliable data on COVID-19.

   The CDC also illegally used protocols developed by Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) which is a private, non-governmental organization (NGO) not subject to federal reporting requirements.

    Setting aside the facts that the SARS-CoV-2 “COVID-19” coronavirus had never been isolated and purified to confirm its existence, and that PCR tests to detect it were never independently confirmed to actually be accurate at detecting the yet-to-be purified and isolated virus, the CDC still set up brand new reporting standards to be used exclusively for COVID-19 that appear to be designed to create artificially high case and death numbers for the purported disease.

     The IPAK study found that on June 13, 2020, the CDC illegally initiated a brand new PCR testing strategy for COVID-19 which departed from already existing protocols for PCR tests on other viruses.   The authors stated of those changes, “A patient testing positive is categorized as a new COVID-19 case and hospitalization.  Patients testing positive were required to be PCR tested every 24 hours until they have 2 consecutive negative PCR tests at least 24 hours apart.  There are no data collection guidelines with the CTSE Position Paper adopted by the CDC on April 14, 2020 to prevent the same patient being counted multiple times.”

   President Trump’s White House Task Force may have also been misled in late March, 2020 by a mathematical model for deaths from Imperial College, London.  IPAK found, “Dr. Neil Ferguson is on record confirming that his research team had shared their wildly inaccurate projections with the White House COVID-19 Task Force approximately one week prior to publication.  The data projections shared were neither peer-reviewed, nor submitted to the Federal Register to initiate a 60-day public comment period as required by law.  As a result, the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) was not able to approve the use of these projections, which makes their use by any federal agency, for any reason, illegal.”

   The CDC also relied on mathematical death models from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, which were also error-filled and were not logged into the Federal Register for public review and comment before being used to craft federal and state health policy.

   IPAK found that on March 24, the CDC, through their National Vital Statistics System adopted new guidelines for making significant changes as to how cause of death was to be reported on death certificates exclusively for COVID-19, setting aside the already existing policy on death reporting adopted and in use successfully since 2003.  Then, on April 14, the CDC adopted a “Position Paper” from the aforementioned private, unaccountable NGO, CSTE regarding the protocols for counting positive case counts and PCR testing, which bypassed the OMB oversight process.

   “This violation has inevitably resulted in COVID-19 data for cases, hospitalizations, and fatalities being artificially elevated, and definitively compromises prudent decision making at federal and state executive levels.  This includes policy enforcement for a public health crisis that may not have existed had the CDC abided by the laws that ensure the accuracy of data collection.”

   The CTSE position paper established rules, that were illegally adopted by the CDC, which set up a process where remote lab technicians who never saw the patients would issue a diagnoses of “positive” for COVID-19 for the data reporting purposes even though the technicians conducting the tests were not medical doctors and hadn’t even seen the patients to begin with.  IPAK states that this “allowed for probable diagnoses unconfirmed by lab testing, a test-based strategy for lab testing [as opposed to symptom based strategy] and set the stage for people with no medical licensure to contact trace and illegally diagnose American citizens they have never seen.”  Furthermore, “...the CTSE position paper specifically declined to define a method for ensuring that rules for data collection prevented the same person from being counted multiple times as new COVID-19 cases.   As a result, people hospitalized with a positive PCR test could be tested every 24 hours and each time counted as new COVID-19 to the complete absence of basic rules to ensure that this could not happen.”

   In addition to illegally changing the protocols for reporting positive cases of a disease, the CDC also arbitrarily and illegally changed the death reporting protocols for COVID-19 alone, departing from death reporting rules in place since 2003 and published in the CDC Medical Examiner’s and Coroner’s Handbook on Death Registration which divides death causes into two parts.  Part I is the cause of death section and is used for reporting a chain of events leading directly to death.  Part II is for the underlying causes of death that led directly or inevitably to death.  This part of a death certificate is used for reporting all other significant diseases, conditions or injuries that contributed to death, but which did not result in the underlying cause of death in Part I.  As a virus that can cause respiratory illness, a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 should have been listed in Part II for most cases as an underlying cause, but not the cause of death. 

   IPAK noted that, “these handbooks have been used successfully for 17 years without need of update.  They remain in use today for all causes of death except where involvement of COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed.  When involvement of COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed, the March 24, 2020 COVID-19 Alert No.  2 guidelines are used instead.”

   “This change was enacted apparently without public opportunity for comment or peer-review.  As a result, a capricious alteration to data collection has compromised the accuracy, quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of their published data, leading to a significant increase in COVID-19 fatalities.”

   IPAK found that on March 24, 2020, “the CDC elected to forgo the trusted method of cause of death recording in favor of recording comorbidities in Part 2, so COVID-19 could be listed exclusively in Part 1.  This has had a significant impact on data collection accuracy and integrity.  It has resulted in the potential false inflation of COVID-19 fatality data and is a potential breach of federal laws governing information quality.”  “Changing reporting rules exclusively for COVID-19 cause of death reporting without notifying the Federal Register, OMB, OIRA or the public and therefore potentially breaching the PRA [Paperwork Reduction Act] & IQA, is even more concerning.”

   According to the U.S. CDC’s Comorbidities data, only around 6% of the total deaths classified as “COVID-19” were actually from COVID-19 alone; the CDC quietly admits in its online data portal that the other 94% of supposedly “COVID-19 deaths” were in people who had as many as three additional comorbidities that contributed to their deaths.  In light of these facts, the actual number of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. is only around 25,000 - 30,000 instead of the publicly presented and ridiculously skewed number of 400,000+.

   The IPAK authors allege that “the CDC violated the IQA, PRA, OMB compliance guidelines, and Executive Order 12866.  In doing so, the CDC has fatally compromised all COVID-19 data and adversely impacted federal, state, and local public health policies regarding COVID-19.”

   They further point out that “as a result of state policies based on potentially compromised data published and promoted by the CDC, Americans have lost jobs and businesses in historically unprecedented numbers.”


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