Remember the woman who died waiting for a DTMNBN test in New Orleans last week?
The media ran sensational headlines after 39-year-old Natasha Ott was found dead in her home while awaiting the results of a DTMNBN test as a way to create panic and whip up anger against the Trump administration.
Here’s a Facebook post from the woman’s grieving boyfriend:
The time for joking about Covid-19 is over. Now is the time to keep yourself, your loved ones, and everyone else safe….
Here are a few examples of the media attempting to whip up panic over Natasha Ott’s death:
— Sewell Chan (@sewellchan) March 24, 2020
Natasha Ott, a 39-year-old New Orleans resident, felt the beginnings of a cold coming on March 10.
On Monday, she tested for coronavirus. Five days later, she was dead in her kitchen before ever getting her results — which were delayed. https://t.co/VbbvHTYxxc
— NOLA.com (@NOLAnews) March 21, 2020
If you're thinking, "I'm not 60+. I'm going to be fine."
— Amie Just (@Amie_Just) March 21, 2020
The only problem is none of these panic-inducing reports is true. Natasha Ott did NOT have DTMNBN.
Via the Sun Herald:
A second (DTMNBN) test came back with negative results for a 39-year-old woman who was found dead on her kitchen floor last week while she was still awaiting the results of an earlier test for the virus, the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office said Friday.
The exact reason the woman, Natasha Ott, died remains under investigation by the Coroner’s Office, spokesman Jason Melancon said. Such investigations can take several weeks to complete. …
But after her death, the first test result came back and showed that (DTMNBN)“was not detected,” Ott’s sister, Emily Coalson Stamets, wrote Thursday on Facebook.
Stamets said the doctor who tested Ott “was incredulous” and immediately asked the commercial testing company LabCorp to retest Ott’s specimen. Stamets said the Coroner’s Office also sent in a specimen from Ott to be tested at a local university that Stamets did not identify.
Those results were in by Wednesday and again indicated that no (DTMNBN) was detected, Stamets said.
Will any of the mainstream media outlets who got it so very wrong, and who tried to induce panic issue public corrections?
Don’t hold your breath.
Carmine Sabia Jr. is the Editor-At-Large for sabiareport.com and a syndicated columnist for The Federalist Papers, Illicit Info and others covering political news and current events.