Dying WITH Covid-19 counted the same as dying FROM Covid-19; great article from I&I gives you the details.

James D. Agresti at Issues and Insights just published a great article that provides tremendous detail and examples of incidents in which Covid-19 deaths have been overcounted or undercounted. The article is titled, “Is the Official COVID-19 Death Toll Accurate?”

Agresti writes, “The facts show that neither side has an airtight case, but the evidence is more consistent with the theory that fewer people have died from C-19 than the official figures indicate.”

He provides some poignant examples:

“A scientific survey commissioned by the American College of Emergency Physicians in April 2020 found that 29% of adults have ‘actively delayed or avoided seeking medical care due to concerns about contracting’ C-19.”

“A study published by Just Facts in May 2020 found that anxiety related to C-19 will ultimately destroy at least seven times more years of life than can be saved by lockdowns. Concerning this study, the accomplished psychiatrist Joseph P. Damore, Jr. wrote that it ‘thoroughly answers the question about the cure being worse than the disease.'”

“A Michigan news article reported in April:

  • ‘In Macomb County, Chief Medical Examiner Daniel Spitz had a recent case in which an individual died by suicide. Because they had a family member in the hospital suffering from COVID-19, Spitz had a postmortem test done and found that the individual who died at home was positive for COVID-19. The virus wasn’t their cause of death, but the individual is counted as a COVID-19 death.’
  • In Oakland County, ‘every individual who has died while infected with COVID-19 has counted as a coronavirus death, according to Dr. Ljubisa J. Dragovic, the county’s chief medical examiner.’”

Not all those who died WITH Covid-19 died FROM Covid-19, yet most jurisdictions are counting both. Check out the full article on Issues and Insights website – it’s definitely worth a read. And if you’re not following I&I, you should be.

(photo by Glen Carrie on Unsplash)

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