Walensky contradicted Sotomayor’s claim during a segment of Fox News Sunday.
‘The number is not 100,000. It’s roughly 3500 in hospitals now?’ asked host Bret Baier.
‘Yes. In fact, what I will say is, while pediatric hospitalizations are rising, they’re still about 15 fold less than hospitalizations of our older age or age demographic,’ Walinsky answered.
Sotomayor’s egregious miscalculation – which can be easily debunked with data reported by the CDC – follows her overly-cautious response to the pandemic, with her choosing to join Friday’s hearing virtually.
As of January 8, the number of hospitalization in children in the US is roughly 5,000, while the number of such hospitalizations has not surpassed the 84,000 cumulative since August, 2020.