After admitting to a “coding logic error,” agency strikes out 24% of deaths among children
FILE PHOTO: Cots and cribs are arranged as an alternate care site or for hospital overflow at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy, Utah, April 6, 2020 © AP / Rick Bowmer
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admitted last week that nearly a quarter of Covid-19 deaths among children were counted due to a “coding logic error.” This same algorithmical error caused deaths from the virus to be overcounted in all age groups.
“On March 15, 2022, data on deaths were adjusted after resolving a coding logic error. This resulted in decreased death counts across all demographic categories,” read a footnote on the CDC’s Covid Data Tracker website. In a statement to Reuters, the CDC said that fixing this error removed 72,277 deaths previously reported across 26 states, including 416 pediatric deaths.
More than 968,000 people in the US have died of Covid-19, per CDC data, with age group data available for 784,303 of these deaths. Only 1,356 of these people were under the age of 18, meaning children accounted for just 0.17% of all Covid-19 deaths in the US for which there is data.