A Brief Comment about Counting Deaths

On May 19, the New York Times published an article by Benedict Carey titled “Is the Pandemic Sparking Suicide?” that addresses the possibility of an increase in the suicide rate resulting from the Coronavirus lockdowns across the country and around the world.  This is a very serious issue and the social isolation the country is feeling can translate into desperate behaviors.

The article, when discussing the pitfalls of assessing the issue, states “…doctors won’t know for many months if suicide is spiking in 2020; each death must be carefully investigated to determine its cause.”

It is true that the CDC website (which is producing daily and weekly numbers of case and death counts from around the globe) shows most recent suicide deaths as old as 2018 data and much of the data is pre-2018.

If the suicide rates can’t be accurate because the CDC wants to ensure the careful investigation of each potential suicide, why on earth would we trust any counts they present relating to Covid-19 deaths, much less the counting of the number of Covid-19 cases?  Cognitive dissonance at its finest.

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