Dr. Scott Jensen Responds to the Minnesota Medical Board Allegations Against Him
A physician who revealed that providers were being "coached" by the Minnesota Department of Health to code all deaths which could possibly be linked to COVID-19, as COVID-19, is being set upon by the state medical board in an investigation prompted by an anonymous complaint. Dr. Scott Jensen, who is also a state senator, exposed the COVID death-boosting scam in a television interview on April 9, 2020, with KX4 News.
Minnesota is one of the states in which governors are accused of sending COVID patients into nursing homes, thereby directly causing the deaths of severely physically compromised elderly. Other states are New York, New Jersey, and Michigan.
Dr. Jensen says he is "stunned" by the investigation, in which he is accused of "spreading misinformation." Jensen, who has practiced for 40 years, was named "2016 Minnesota Family Doctor of the Year."
After the news interview, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's administration hastily issued "clarifications" of the rules for labeling a death COVID.
Dr. Jensen stands accused in the letter of complaint of:
- "Spreading misinformation" by revealing in a television news interview that the Minnesota Department of Health gave "coaching" to providers on how to fill out death certificates in cases where COVID might be involved. Dr. Jensen said he was surprised to learn that "You don't have to have a confirmed laboratory test for COVID-19 in order to make the death certificate be COVID-19."
- Getting even more specific, the doctor explained that if, for example, he "had an 86-year old patient that had pneumonia but was never tested for COVID-19, but sometime after she came down with pneumonia we learn that she had been exposed to her son who had no symptoms, but later on was identified with COVID-19, that it would be appropriate to diagnose on the death certificate COVID-19."
- Dr. Jensen said that without a confirmed test, it is neither standard nor appropriate to include a disease diagnosis on a death certificate. Dr. Jensen said: "If someone has pneumonia and it's in the middle of a flu epidemic, and I don’t have a test on influenza, I don’t diagnose influenza on the death certificate.” The cause of death would devolve to the immediate cause, such as pneumonia or heart failure.
- A CDC guidance memo, Report Number 3, dated April 2020, reads:
“In cases where a definite diagnosis of COVID–19 cannot be made, but it is suspected or likely (e.g., the circumstances are compelling within a reasonable degree of certainty), it is acceptable to report COVID–19 on a death certificate as “probable” or “presumed.”
Thus, although many symptoms for COVID-19 are similar to the flu, if there is a mere "suspicion" that COVID is involved, it is acceptable to transform that suspicion into the "probable" or "presumed" cause of death.
After his remarks on television, the Minnesota Department of Health quickly reversed the instructions, or as Dr. Jensen said, issued a "clarification."
Dr. Scott Jensen, Original WKX4 News Interview, April 9, 2020
Dr. Jensen is also accused, in the complaint, the author of which by law can remain completely anonymous, of providing "reckless advice" by his "willingness to compare COVD-19 and the seasonal flu." This is even though other health officials on the national stage have done so many times before, including Trump administration Health Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The CDC's own latest "best estimate" of the infection fatality rate (IFR) of COVID-19, which includes all cases whether they be symptomatic, asymptomatic, or mild symptoms, is between .25% and .3%, far lower than the initially feared possibly 6% which prompted the "lockdowns." Seasonal flu is about .1%. If the World Health Organization's (WHO) figure for asymptomatic infections is used, 80% rather than the 35% used by CDC, the infection fatality rate calculation drops to approximately the same as seasonal flu.
The differences have become important, as the avowed goal of government policies seems to have transformed from "flattening the curve" in order to prevent health systems from becoming overwhelmed, to responding to any significant increase in the spread of a disease by employing controversial gubernatorial "lockdown" powers, indefinitely.
COVID-19 is known for sometimes leaving lasting damage even to survivors, but so do many other diseases, as do some vaccines.
The WHO stated on March 6, 2020:
"For COVID-19, data to date suggest that 80% of infections are mild or asymptomatic, "
An infection fatality rate of .2% would mean that, of all the people who got infected with COVID, whether they knew it or not, 99.8% of them would survive. The non-survivors of COVID are already well-known to be heavily skewed toward the very frail elderly, those with compromised immune systems and immune disorders, and those with other comorbidities, primarily morbid obesity.
It is important to distinguish the IFR, the "infection fatality rate," from the "CFR," the "case fatality rate." The case fatality rate is the ratio of deaths to the number of tested, confirmed positive cases, omitting the number of asymptomatic infections. The IFR includes all infections, most of which may never be detected. Both the CDC and WHO have determined that vast numbers of people catch and build immunities to COVID without ever showing symptoms, or having mild symptoms.
In the 2017 - 2018 flu season, up to 83,000 Americans, mostly in nursing homes, perished of flu. Nearly 3 million Americans die every year, mostly of heart disease, cancers, strokes, Alzheimer's or flu. Dr. Jensen's revelations raise legitimate questions over whether many flu deaths this year were counted as COVID-19.
Contradicting the CDC is a new Facebook "fact check" feature which now labels the CDC estimate as "fake news," and warns people not to be lulled into a sense of complacency.
Raising the possibility that the IFR of COVID could wind up being similar to flu, just as Dr. Jensen is accused of doing, Dr. Fauci wrote in an article dated March 26, 2020 in the New England Journal of Medicine:
"If one assumes that the number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases, the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%. This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.“
Dr. Jensen stands ready to cooperate, and to defend himself. He says he has prepared a six-page response to the medical board, accompanied by 70 pages of exhibits and documentation.
A visibly upset Dr. Jensen laid out the accusations and parts of his defense to the public in a Youtube posted on July 6, 2020.
Dr. and State Senator Jensen, a courtly white-haired gentleman, said he believed it was important for him to fight the accusations with all his vigor. Despite feeling stunned upon receipt of the complaint, he says he decided he must move forward because "If this can happen to me, this can happen to anybody."
Dr. Jensen is somewhat of a folk hero in some quarters for plain-speaking and sometimes impolitic honesty.
Sharlee on July 16, 2020:
The CDC has truly made a mess of how they requested physicians to fill out death records and add COVID to the records if one symptom was in the patient's medical records. Hopefully, this will all be brought to the forefront, so the public will realize the true COVID numbers are much lower than the CDC reported.
The CDC has made many mistakes during this crisis, one being the fact for many years our National Stockpile was being understocked. The CDC is to be blamed for lack of supplies, tests, vents, and they were not concerned with the virus in its very early cases in China. We can blame the CDC for dropping the ball.
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