From an editors’ note appended to a New York Times report over the weekend, about COVID-19 vaccinations for children:
An earlier version of this article incorrectly described actions
taken by regulators in Sweden and Denmark. They have halted use of
the Moderna vaccine in children; they have not begun offering
single doses. The article also misstated the number of Covid
hospitalizations in U.S. children. It is more than 63,000 from
August 2020 to October 2021, not 900,000 since the beginning of
The report is from Apoorva Mandavilli, the reporter who replaced longtime science reporter Donald J. McNeil on the Times’s COVID beat — the same reporter who last month
The difference between 63,000 and 900,000 hospitalized children is not a small error — it’s more than an order of magnitude difference. If nearly a million U.S. children had been hospitalized from COVID-19, our entire perception of this pandemic would be fundamentally different. How did this error even make it past editing? It’s not even a remotely plausible figure given our lived experience of this pandemic.
Here’s a good example of how mind-boggling this error is. The median household income in the U.S.