Three hundred and fifty years ago, John Graunt tried to provide Londoners with an accurate estimate of the death rate from disease in the community so that everyone could understand their level of risk. Until COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had fulfilled a similar role.
After that, the CDC abandoned the tradition and its ability to sensitize and treat COVID differs from all other diseases. For a death to be considered a COVID death, COVID does not need to be an immediate or primary cause of death. Now, a death is considered a COVID death even if the COVID is only a contributing condition.
Example: a certificate that lists dementia as the cause of death but does not list respiratory disease as a death with COVID, it̵7;s not from COVID. The same goes for accident, heart attack, stroke and any other non-respiratory condition.
Singapore, for example, only counts deaths as COVID deaths if they are accompanied by pneumonia. If the United States followed this criterion, the total number of COVID deaths would be around 90,000 and comparable to a very bad flu season.
Troubleshooting respiratory COVID deaths from other types of COVID deaths requires examining individual mortality records, which is difficult to obtain. Fortunately, in May Florida released data on 1,489 COVID deaths. About two-thirds of the deaths listed not only COVID as the cause, but also respiratory conditions.
Applying this two-thirds estimate to the current official statistic of 240,000 US COVID deaths, a very rough estimate of 160,000 deaths. from COVID. Notably, this represents about half of the approximately 300,000 overkill deaths the United States has experienced this year, according to the latest CDC estimates on Oct. 3. by subtracting the 2,240,000 estimated CDC deaths we expect. from January to October if 2020 was a typical year out of the 2,540,000 deaths we actually endured.
This begs the question: What is causing the remaining 140,000 deaths?
While the CDC profile is still not comprehensive, they provide some explanations: As of 2020, the CDC data shows that there have been about 32,000 Alzheimer’s deaths and 12,000 deaths from diabetes. .
The deaths of Alzheimer’s disease are particularly heartbreaking, as these deaths represent literally people dying of loneliness and lack of human interaction. The excessive number of diabetic deaths can be attributed to the disruptions of normal health care activities.
There are many other documented and recognized sources of death, including delaying to the emergency room due to fear of COVID leading to delay or skip treatment of heart attacks, strokes, cancer and illnesses. other. Deaths from despair, such as suicide and drug overdose, have risen. Violence has also increased significantly. Additionally, the CDC recently reported an unprecedented 26.5% increase in deaths among adults aged 25-44 years, a group where COVIDs were not worse than influenza.
Additionally, as the 13,000 health expert authors and signatories of the Great Barrington Declaration have pointed out, the deaths and illnesses courses are generating will continue for many years. The excess death toll due to the effects of lockout will continue to accumulate even after the COVID disappears.
In total, for each COVID death, we can finally count another death from our response to COVID. Why is this happening? Why have we treated COVID like no other disease in history?
Watching Democrats try to blame the plague on President Trump, one cannot escape the feeling of political motives. Joe Biden has made such claims even though COVID has wreaked havoc on nations around the world. Recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) seems like an anti-vaxxer, saying he is skeptical of a vaccine recommended by Trump.
This doesn’t even mention the damage our response has to the jobs, the economy and education of millions of children and young people. Furthermore, missed health-care screenings and economic disruptions will cause major harm for many years to come.
All of this doesn’t mean COVID is a hoax or it’s not that bad. COVID was clearly devastating, and even at 160,000 so far as corrected above, it was twice as bad as the worst flu season in recent memory. But our response has turned a bad pandemic into an all-out, unrivaled national disaster.
Ultimately, it won’t be the COVID, but our response to it, which will become the deadliest and most damaging event of 2020.
Karl Dierenbach is a converted lawyer who lives outside of Denver, Colorado. He is a contributor to the book, “UNMASKED 2020: A Radical Left Turn of Colorado and a Warning for America.” He is also a member of RationalGround.com, a group that collects, analyzes and disseminates information about Covid-19. Follow him on Twitter, @Dierenbach.