Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer claimed that 100,000 children are in severe condition because C-19 sparking at rate fact-check of the Obama-appointed judge as some have accused her of spreading misinformation.
Sotomayer made the remarks on January 7 while hearing suits filed against the Biden admin. C-19 shot or test mandate that would force private businesses with 100 or more workers to require them to be tested weekly or get the shot.
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“We have hospitals that are almost at full capacity with people severely ill on ventilators. We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition, many on ventilators,” she said.
The CDC made those comments; fewer than 83,000 children from 17 and younger had been hospitalized for C-19 since August 2020.
“Even though hospitalization among children is much, much lower on a percentage basis than hospitalizations for adults, particularly elderly individuals, when you have such a large volume of infections among children, even with a low level of rate of infection, you’re going to still see a lot more children who get hospitalized,” Fauci said in a December 29 interview.
“If you look at the children who are hospitalized, many of them are hospitalized with COVID as opposed to because of COVID.”
In a fact-check against Sotomayer, Politifact shared that “the pediatric hospitalization rate has remained much lower than that of other age groups,”
Seattle Children’s Hospital Critical Care Chief Dr. John McGuire told the AP that “most of the COVID-positive kids in the hospital are actually not here for COVID-19 disease” while noting that children “are here for other issues but happen to have tested positive.”
Dr. Jennifer Kusma told the AP that she had recently seen more children in hospital with C-19, noting that most aren’t severely ill.
“How can Justice Sotomayor be this wrong about COVID-19?” Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) wrote on Twitter.
“Maybe she is listening to misinformation from the political left. I wonder if @Twitter will find these purveyors of COVID-19 misinformation and suspend their accounts!”
The Supreme Court’s press office didn’t respond to the request.