Coaching for Over-Counting Covid Cases

“Last Friday I received a 7 page document that told me if I had an 86-year-old patient that had pneumonia but was never tested for COVID-19 but some time after she came down with pneumonia we learned that she had been exposed to her son who had no symptoms but later identified with COVID -19, then it would be appropriate to diagnose on the death certificate: COVID-19,” Senator Dr. Scott Jensen said.

Dr. Jensen explained that this is not a normal procedure. For example, if the same patient had pneumonia during flu season and he didn’t have a test confirming the patient also had influenza, he would never diagnose the patient with influenza on the death certificate.

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