Some may remember the alleged "vaping illness" that popped up in North Carolina in 2019. There was no proof that vaping was the cause, but the media went with it anyways.
What was it really? A supercomputer analyzed medical data to look for covid-19 and found that the vaping illness matched covid-19 criteria:
A supercomputer called Tianhe-1 proposed that an American EVALI patient who developed pneumonia last year actually had COVID-19. But the doctor who treated the patient disagrees.
The site Merry Jane asked the same question if the vaping was actually teh cause or not:
The unidentified American patient, who lived in North Carolina, was treated by doctors for EVALI, or e-cigarette and vaping-associated lung injury. In case you forgot, that’s the other lung illness that the CDC obsessed over before the coronavirus pandemic blew up.
Anyway, Tianhe-1 looked at the US patient’s CAT scans. One feature, in particular, stuck out to the supercomputer: White blotches that resembled “ground glass” on the lower parts of the patient’s lungs. Similar blotches appear on lung images taken from COVID-19 patients.
None of the patients tested positive for the flu, the common cold, or other pathogens. But they all said they vaped.
All five patients experienced the same symptoms: difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, and fever. All were hospitalized for “hypoxemic respiratory failure.” Three ended up in the ICU due to life-threatening shortness of breath. Doctors had to put one of them on a ventilator. Regardless, all five survived.
The only thing in common was vaping, so "medical experts" at the CDC created a new illness. Evidence? No, no evidence, only a loose correlation.
Here's how the media portrayed it: Potential culprit found in vaping-related lung injuries and deaths
CDC describes ‘breakthrough’ in finding vitamin E acetate in lung fluids of patients who vaped THC products
The discovery is a “breakthrough” that points to the oil as a likely culprit in the outbreak that has sickened more than 2,000 people and killed at least 39, a top official said Friday.
Potential culprit... not determined... yet then saying it's a breathrough finding.... but how is it a breakthrough finding if it's only potential and not conclusive?
A potential, likely culprit... but no real evidence that vitamin e is the actual cause. But that didn't stop them from calling it a vaping illness without any proof that it was vaping.
It's not like a previously unknown respiratory illness could be causing it... no... it's vaping... without evidence that it's vaping. Medical professionals are their best.