Self-Censoring Hospitals Mask Pandemic’s True Toll

In the early days of COVID-19, grim photos of crowded hospitals and overflowing morgues rattled the world. But most of these images were coming from outside the US—some journalists say they had an easier time accessing war zones than US hospitals.
 
Only a small number of US hospitals have allowed journalists inside—prioritizing privacy and safety over public education. One award-winning documentarian ended up shifting his COVID-19 project from the US to China—where he had better access. 
 
Social cost:  The self-censorship means hospitals missed a key opportunity to reveal the virus’ devastation to the public and policymakers. Instead, they “turned themselves into vaults that hid the strongest evidence of the virus’s lethality.” 
 
The Intercept

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