COVID-19 Pt. 2: CDC’s New “PIC” and The Hidden Data

In part 1 of this 5-part report on Covid-19, Corey’s Digs detailed a necessary reality check due to the media creating a frenzy over hospitalizations, despite the fact that the 2017-2018 flu season was hit with 810,000 hospitalizations, far more than Covid, and no one heard a peep about it. There were no lockdowns, restrictions, hyperbole, or mandatory masks, and 61,000 people died that season.

Most people aren’t aware that the CDC has lumped influenza together with Covid and pneumonia in death rates with a new name called “PIC.” This comes after the CDC confirmed that only 6% of Covid-related death certificates indicate Covid as the only cause, while 94% list other illnesses as the cause with an average of 2.6 comorbidities. In other words, if someone was in the hospital dying of heart disease and they tested everyone for Covid to separate them to other rooms or wings, Covid was marked on their death certificate. A perfect example of this is a nurse Corey’s Digs recently spoke with who had four deaths at her hospital. Two were in hospice care, one died of stage four cancer, and the other died of end stage COPD, but all four were documented as having Covid, so those deaths get added to the tallies being told to the public, who are none the wiser. What does that do to the actual statistics?

“PIC” – Hiding The Data

One of the most incredible things happening right before everyone’s eyes, is the subversion of data by the Covid Tracking Project, the CDC, Johns Hopkins, legacy news media, and numerous other sources. This is sheer trickery, and a far cry from “science.”

This is the standard chart header on the CDC’s weekly report updates by week and state. They refuse to show a column strictly for Covid deaths only. Why? Is it because the CDC states that only 6% of all death certificates indicate that Covid was the only cause of death? If that were the case, that would reduce this chart’s death toll to only 14,055 people.

One can take their “deaths involving Covid-19 and pneumonia” and deduce that 45.54% of all Covid-related deaths included pneumonia, but they won’t separate that out. They even reflect a number of 6,813 for influenza deaths, but say “with OR without Covid-19 or pneumonia.” As a side note, that count is substantially low for flu deaths. Notice they did the same for the first pneumonia column as well, stating “with OR without Covid-19.” They have those hard numbers, so why won’t they let the public see them? They like to refer to this trickery as “PIC,” their new method for counting Covid deaths by lumping them in with pneumonia and influenza. Not only that, but the number of life-threatening conditions people died from, who happen to test positive for Covid, are staggering. They are basing lockdowns, restrictions, mask mandates, and crushing the economy on COVID deaths, but refuse to reflect COVID ONLY deaths.

In fact, due to Covid-19, the CDC decided to totally suspend data collection for the 2020-2021 influenza season for the geographic spread of influenza. This annual interactive map goes back to 2003, but they put a halt to it in May 2020.

They are also alleging that 133 children have died in the U.S. from Covid-19, yet we would have no way of knowing if this is the case since they are lumping deaths in with influenza and pneumonia, as well as other comorbidities. During the 2019-2020 influenza season there were 195 pediatric deaths due to influenza.

Here is another example of a very misleading chart. They use the term “Covid-19 coded deaths” when in fact only 6% are allegedly caused solely from Covid, according to the CDC, while 94% have on average 2.6 comorbidities and are documented as the cause on death certificates. Therefore, only those documented as Covid being the cause of death should be reflected in blue. They then lump influenza, Covid, and pneumonia together as “PIC” to show the highest marker on the chart, in red. We already know that influenza is a common cause of pneumonia, and that pneumonia is documented in over 45% of Covid-related deaths.  

In the chart below, they suggest that over the past decade of ten influenza seasons, the 2019-2020 season had the second highest amount of illness, accounting for 38 million people, with only the sixth highest in hospitalizations, and the ninth highest in deaths. How is that possible, especially considering the flu vaccine only had a 39% efficacy rate?


• The Covid Tracking Project alleges nearly 256,000 people have died from Covid as of November 27, while Johns Hopkins and google reflect nearly 266,000. That in itself is quite a discrepancy.

• As noted in Corey’s Digs Hospitalizations article, the Covid Tracking Project has officially hidden the cumulative hospitalizations (because it doesn’t hold water), as well as the recovery column (because it’s good news) from their website, and can only be viewed by downloading the data via csv file

• The CDC has stated that only 6% of death certificates indicated Covid-19 as the only cause

• They are lumping Covid-related deaths in with influenza and pneumonia as “PIC”

• 94% of Covid-related deaths have on average 2.6 comorbidities, with 40% of all deaths taking place in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and hospice

• Only 6.6% of those who get tested, are testing positive, and of those 90% are asymptomatic, while multiple studies have shown tests pumping out false/positives

• The media has created a frenzy over hospitalizations, which are far less than the 810,000 cases during the 2017-2018 influenza season, and there are currently an alleged 91,635 Covid-related hospitalizations across the entire U.S. as of November 28

• Those already dying from life-threatening illnesses, who happen to test positive for Covid, are being added to the Covid-19 death totals, despite the fact that 90% of them show no symptoms

• Original models suggested 1-2 million people would die in the U.S. alone from Covid. They allege 256,000 have, with 94% having comorbidities. To put this in perspective, over 600,000 people died of cancer last year, 655,000 people die each year from heart disease, and between 250,000 – 440,000 people die each year from medial errors

• They allege that masks work, yet after 8 months of wearing them they allege people are dying

• They closed down the economy, people lost their businesses, millions of people are waiting in food lines each week, the suicide rate has drastically climbed, elective surgeries and other life-threatening diseases were all put on hold and caused deaths, and masks are mandatory in many places causing infections and other serious issues – all totally unwarranted and unconstitutional

And yet, despite all of this manipulation, the fact of the matter is, the survival rate would only go up from what is already incredibly high.

We now know the numbers are being hidden and manipulated. They are also trying to create mass panic over hospitalizations that don’t even compare to the hospitalizations witnessed in the 2017-2018 flu season. Part 3 of this 5-part report will cover the data behind nursing homes, hospice, and long-term care facilities. It is a tragedy what they are putting the elderly and their families through during this time.

Continue to Part 3: Nursing Home and Long Term Care Facility Deaths “With” OR “From” Covid Facts >>>

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  • Debrah

    Hi Corey,
    Some CDC stats I collected a few years ago on the 65+ demo and Flu/Pneu deaths & vaccines. I wanted to know if the vaccines were effective. In a word… No.
    CDC has been combining Flu/Pneu deaths for a long time, when providing stats for the media/public. You can find the break-out, but it’s a challenge. Have to search for the report attachment for a given year. I provide 2 years of break-outs in this timeline, and a you can see, elders die primarily of Pneu, and always have.

    Note: Alzheimers is a subset of Dementia- which is even higher and the leading cause of death now in the UK.

    1981- 46,135 total (Pneu 43,425) (Flu 2710)
    — 1981 Medicare reimburses for Pneumococcal Vax (Alz 0)
    1989- 67,395- Vax Coverage reported to be 33% (Alz 13K)
    1991- 68,962 (Alz 14K)
    1993- 73,853
    — 1993 Medicare began reimbursing for Flu Shots (Alz 16K)
    1994- 72,762 (Alz 18K)
    1995- 74,297 (Alz 21K)
    1998- 82,989 – (Alz deaths doubled between 98-99 22K-44K)
    1999- 57,282- Coverage said to be 66% (Alz 44K)
    2000- 58,667 (Alz 49K)
    2002- Flu Coverage 66%, Pneumococcal 55% (Alz 58K)
    2005- Also rec: HepA/B, MMR, Varicella, Meningococcal (Al), DTP ev 10yrs (Al). (Alz 71K)
    2010- 42,846 CDCs Goal: 90% Flu Vax Coverage in Nursing Homes (Alz 83K)
    2011- 45,386 (Alz 84K- 1-in-3 die of Alz)
    2012- 43,355 (Alz 83K)
    2015- 56,885 total (Pneu 51,811) (Flu 5251)
    — 2015 New Adjuvant- MF59C.1 in elders flu shot (Alz 109K)
    2016- Alz deaths 115K
    2017- Dementia deaths 262K, Alz 121K
    2018- Alz deaths 122K
    2019- 1-in-10 have Alzheimers

    Pneu 0.16% to 0.11%…0.05% decrease
    Flu 0.01% – 0.01%…No Change

    1981 – 2015 INCREASE IN DEATHS OF ELDERS 65+
    Alzheimers- 5350+%……0 to 109K
    Parkinsons- 1250+%……0 to 27K
    Pneumonitis- 750+%……0 to 17K
    Septicemia- 300%……7500 to 30K
    Nephritis- 215%……13K to 41K
    Chronic Low Respiratory- 187%……46K to 132K
    Diabetes Mellitus- 124%……25K to 56K
    Malignant Neoplasms- 58%……264K to 419K

    • Sandy B

      Excellent article!

      Why dont Americans see the truth? Democrat states locking up so people can’t discuss and find the truth, limit essential vitaminD from the sun, realize there is no need to be afraid of the virus, paralize you with crooked media coverage while stuck quarantining, prevent herd immunity by not going about daily lives, making people sick with their gross, bacteria and virus laden masks and let’s not forget the useless PCR tests . Sorry for the rant…

      The next question is regarding DC’s B23-171 which allows minors as young as 11 years old choose to be vaccinated without parental consent or any notification (while at school, daycare, after school programs, field trips, anywhere they have access to your child) whatsoever and they will bill your insurance company for the shots- all without your knowledge, intentionally hiding this from you via insurance and vaccination/school record – this fraud is in the “grey ammendment”. Our young children do not have the cognitive ability to agree to any vaccine, they will be coerced and succumb to peer pressure. This is so wrong and includes all mandated vaccines, even if your child is allergic/already had it/has a religious exemption on file, etc., no holes barred for the corrupt legislation! They are pushing this through with urgency because of “covid”. Our children will be the study subjects, this can not be passed! I have not been able to find any updates after the 11/17 vote that gave the mayor 10 days to approve or veto. Anyone have info on this as it will affect the entire country?

      Here is a link: open the PDF link at the bottom for bill details as well as the added gray ammendment requiring insurance companies NOT notify parents/leave NO evidence of treatment.

      If not comfortable clicking the link please search for DCs B23-171 or B23-0171

    • Debrah

      Sound familiar?

      “Almost every patient in the hospital has the flu, and it’s making their pre-existing conditions worse,” she says. “More and more patients are NEEDING MECHANICAL VENTILATION DUE TO RESPIRATORY FAILURE FROM THE FLU AND OTHER RAMPANT UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS.”
      Sound familiar?

      CDC: 45 MILLION cases, 21 MILLION doctor visits, 810,000 hospitalizations
      — severe for all US populations and resulted in an estimated 959,000 hospitalizations and 61,099 deaths
      Sound familiar?
      –The flu season was exacerbated by a shortage of IV bags caused by IV bag plant closures in Puerto Rico following Hurricane María.[5] The CDC estimates that 61,000 Americans died due to influenza during the 2017-18 flu season.[6]
      — On 10 February 2018, Bloomberg reported that influenza in the United States was killing up to 4,000 Americans a week
      — In the first week of February, deaths from influenza and pneumonia were responsible for one of every ten deaths in the US.

    • Maria

      Thank you so much for your work! How we could bring this information to people?
      I signer to Parler – free speech platform and will post your information
      Please let me know if you are there.
      I also heard that so many people commuted suicide during this lockdown. And number is bigger then actual COVID death. Suicides from COVID added the numbers to Covid total which is so wrong. It’s obvious that they don’t care about our health, life and there are bigger agenda to digital control of every human on this planet.

  • Pauline Lange

    This information must get to reputable media like newsmax and not false media bought out by anti American entities. We can not lose our freedoms. Americans need your information in a wider format. Thanks for. what you are doing.

  • Jackie

    THANK YOU for putting in the work to put out the FACTS!!! Media is nothing but LIES and what they try to brainwash us with! There are no more investigative journalists in the media, it’s all PRIVATE JOURNALISTS like yourself so THANK YOU so much! I always share your stuff on every social media platform so people will WAKE UP!!! I myself am VACCINE INJURED which has caused me to become 95% bedridden and 100% homebound, I am only 40 years old and it HIT ME out of nowhere right after I got a couple vaccines! It was CONFIRMED by doctors as well! Vaccines are nothing but TOXINS that circulate in our bloodstream forever because they are stuck with no way out! I have done so much research into vaccines I feel like a scientist lol a great source is scientist/doctor Judy Mikovits who has been fighting for us for many years! I have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis aka ME/CFS and it’s MISERABLE and 24/7 you feel like you are stuck living a living DEATH! 24/7 flu symptoms being sooooo achy, weak, exhausted like you’ve never felt before in your life, pain from head to toe, heart rate that goes to 190 by just sitting upright to be bathed by someone else, vomiting all the time because our organs randomly shut down when they want to so you can’t process food randomly, even after sleeping 90 HOUR STRAIGHT you feel like you haven’t slept at all and no matter what you NEVER feel rested, we have an issue with energy cells dying and not producing any, I could go on and on with ME/CFS symptoms!!! The WHO CDC NHS and EVERY type of government system that we have won’t help any of us at all! We get less scientific funding per year than male pattern baldness! We are left stranded by our healthcare system with no help whatsoever!!! There are “secret” documents that were not supposed to be released until 2071 and 2072 and from the FOI act we were able to get “some” of them, all government agencies said to make it look like our disease is “in our heads, and caused by psychological issues” because they didn’t want to pay the 17-30 MILLION PEOPLE from all over the world disability payments!!! It’s absolutely INSANE and completely caused by the government!!! And NOW because of “covid” some of the people who get sick with covid are now getting my disease and before they officially get diagnosed they are calling them the “LONG HAULERS”. If you ever have time to research and do an article on ME/CFS that would be amazing! We are all soooooo sick and disabled yet trying our hardest to fight this never ending battle from our bed which is beyond hard if not IMPOSSIBLE. We are THE MILLIONS MISSING.

    • Corey Lynn

      Oh my gosh Jackie, this is awful. I am so sorry for your suffering! I can only imagine the anger you must feel. I am enraged by it all and wish I could wave a magic wand to wake everyone up overnight. I did a 6-part report on vaccines a year or so ago, you may have read it. People really need to read it to understand how this all began, how the gov runs this sick show, and how they hide the injuries and death claims behind closed doors. I will be praying for you. Hang in there.

      • Jackie

        Thank you, you are very sweet!!! Yes I wish there was a magic wand to make all of us better and get our lives back. I will definitely be checking out your vaccine info for sure!!! There is NO safe vaccine that has EVER been made! The 1986 ACT that makes them not liable for anything pisses me off sooooo bad!!! Also VAERS vaccine injury reports, it has been proven that what they have reported is only ONE PERCENT of actual vaccine injuries and death! It’s INSANE! Before I got vaccine injured i thought anti-vax people were crazy tree hugging weirdos but I learned the hard way and ruined my entire life. Now I try to warn EVERYONE and people always cuss me out and argue when literally all us TRUTHERS are just trying to HELP people, it’s sad because I wouldn’t wish my disease or any vaccine injury on my worst energy. I WISH that people would actually do a few minutes of research or read the insert before getting one, then they would see how toxic all of them are and refuse them. Once again THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH for all the amazing work that you do!!! You are a HUGE BLESSING to the ENTIRE WORLD and out of ANY site you literally have the BEST INFO AND THE MOST!!!!!!!!!!

    • Thais T Bradford

      I am so sorry that you are struggling with this and I knew that vaccines had risk for children and autism and I 100% wouldn’t get any as matter of fact 20 years ago when I simply just asked pediatrician if they could break the mass amounts given to my twin daughters he of course made me feel like a idiot and explaine myself lol 20 years smarter now id handle him But I am going to look for Judy you recommended and when did you have vaccine and start your symptoms? And why 2072 the information was only going to release was that insuring all affected would become gone?!

      • Jackie

        Good I am so glad you are smart about vaccines and questioned the doctor, yes they do make you feel like an idiot for asking and it’s sad because they only get HALF A DAY OF TRAINING IN MEDICAL SCHOOL FOR VACCINES, so they don’t know ANYTHING about them unless they take their personal time to research them which 90% of doctors don’t do that so they just continue to keep pushing these toxins and think they are doing something good! It’s crazy!!!
        I got several vaccines at the end of 2016 and within a couple months was soooooo sick I had to stop working completely and kept getting sicker and sicker and doctor after doctor with no help at all! I was on a waiting list for a MECFS specialist for a year and a half and finally got in and had to travel from Florida to North Carolina to see him, he has been the only one who knows anything about my disease (only 12 specialist in the USA for MECFS, yet MILLIONS of us sick) unfortunately there are NO medications for this disease and they just try and treat symptoms so at first I was on over 40 PILLS PER DAY!!! Now I’m not because I believe big Pharma is just trying to keep us sick with all that garbage so I just take natural supplements for the most part.
        Yes INSANE how they are keeping all these documents from us until 2071 and 2072!!!! I’m sure they figure by then we will all be dead so they won’t have the liability for making us all sick! But now with “covid” causing more people to get this who knows what will happen, I’m sure very soon all of the world will lose their freedom etc anyways because of their “Great Reset” plan, we all need to FIGHT for it not to work!!!

  • Diane Hart

    Hello everyone,

    I am learning so much from Coreysdigs and all the people who have commented.

    I am just hoping to put the record straight about doctors and nurses and related health professionals. I am a retired nurse. I spent 40 years working in public health, specializing in vaccination and communicable disease. We healthcare professionals spend many years in school and are ‘trained’. As young students, we trust that the material we are being taught is based on real science. We paid a lot of money to be at a university, and institute of higher education. Why would we question this golden knowledge? We are unaware that the books are 20 years out of date, that the medical school is being paid for by big Pharma and that only select (moneymaking) knowledge is being taught. Nurses and medical students are not taught to be critical thinkers and to research every single thing they are taught (impossible anyway). In fact, quite the opposite is true. We quickly learn that the knowledge we are taught is ‘privileged’ and if we should ever question it, we would be outcast. The indoctrination is so severe that we come to believe we are the authority and the experts. This prevents us from listening to alternate viewpoints that are opposed to what we learned in the System.

    We are trained to believe that vaccines work, are good for people, have saved millions of lives and are necessary. We are trained to believe that anti-vaccinators are quacks and harm people. We are only trained on how to administer vaccines and in how to give an explanation to anyone who has a reaction. We usually have a little access to the research, only very basic knowledge about immunology and no knowledge on how to analyze it anyway. The majority of doctors and nurses are not researchers or scientists.

    Many institutions now train and hire people just to do immunization who have no formal nursing training and no training about how vaccinations work. It’s cheap and no questions are asked that way. In my country, Canada, it’s become common place to replace registered nurses with licensed practical nurses. The trend is toward less education and therefore more control by corrupt big Pharma, government and medical schools.

    As far as I know there are no independent, arms-length, organizations or research groups that decide on healthcare curricula. Healthcare professionals are victims too. Literally, a large part of our education is “fake”. The real culprits are Big Pharma, the government organizations that dictate policy (which are infiltrated by Big Pharma), scientists who are bought by these big companies, corrupt government officials, media, etc. etc. And it goes far beyond vaccinations to include pharmaceuticals, surgery, the processes food industry and many other medical procedures. As I have learned from websites like Coreysdigs, the bottom line is the almighty dollar, not public health.

    The information being taught to healthcare providers is highly contaminated. The training is so stringent that I was in my 50s before my husband was able to convince me that vaccines are not healthy, food is contaminated and over processed and pharmaceuticals harm us. In my career, I was responsible for managing government programs for vaccinating thousands of children and adults. I will go to my grave feeling completely ashamed that I did not question my indoctrination by my university education, my employers, the pharmaceutical industry’s marketing and by the system.
    Please don’t blame the hard-working healthcare professionals who really do care about you. Instead, please continue to try to open their eyes and educate them with the great research, statisticsAnd hard work that you do.

    Thank you to Coreysdigs and to all the excellent comments in this educational series and to many others who are trying to get the truth out there.

    • Corey Lynn

      Thank you so much for sharing this invaluable information for people on here, Diane. What you describe is exactly the same in the U.S., and you are right, the medical professionals have been indoctrinated. I’ve had many health professionals email me with similar sentiments that you broke down here. You have to forgive yourself, as we have all been indoctrinated through educations systems since we were children. People are waking up to this now, and hopefully we will create change moving forward. God bless you.

  • Sylvia Webb

    The vaccine has lung tissue from aborted 14 week old male white babies whose dna will be mixed with your dna once your vaccinated! Im 64 and never been vaccinated instead i had measles chicken pox i smoke i drink and have done ALOT OF DRUGS in may of 2020 saw a doctor who told me i was the healthist 64 year old hes ever seen i also work in a mom and pop store have never worn a mask since this whole bs started and havent even gotten a cold. So tell me just what the hell the goverment is trying to pull off Also i dont know anyone whos gotten covid ????????

  • Karol M

    I like Sylvia, am 60 and very healthy. I smoke cannabis and have a great diet to being a former chef. I was vaccine injured between 1960-1961, I have tetracycline stained teeth and stretch marks from swelling up like a football after having a vaccine. I was previously a dental hygienist and noticed over my 25 year career, many people had these same afflictions. That’s when I knew vaccines were the cause of our ills. I’ll never take the mRNA or any other vaccine. As a chef, food is medicine.

  • Michelle Roberts

    Karol, you are so right! Pushing good, organic healthy foods is what we should be seeing plastered everywhere in every form of media, print, radio, television, etc. Our bodies were perfectly designed to ward off disease but due to all the man-made abuses out there (RF, EMF, Aluminum, Vaccines, GMO, etc.) our bodies have not had time to evolve to be able to acclimate. Some vaccines, though useful, could be safe if given in the proper doses that our bodies can accept and process. But when you have doctors wanting to double up on vaccines in one visit, this is where our children’s little bodies can’t process the chemicals being injected into their systems and then become damaged for life. Making the manufacturers of vaccines totally free from liability was one of the most treasonous crimes against humanity that our government has ever committed. Anyway, all I really wanted to say is that I agree with you!

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