Is the number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States inflated?


On August 26, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report showing that in 94% of the approximately 180,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19, “on average there were 2.6 conditions or causes additional per death. . “As the CDC report notes, “For 6% of deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned.”

In other words, 94% of Americans who died from the coronavirus from the week ending February 1, 2020 to the week ending August 22, 2020 had, on average, nearly three comorbidities that played a role in their death.

According to the CDC report, the main comorbidities among these deaths were respiratory disease, circulatory disease, sepsis, malignant neoplasms, diabetes, obesity and Alzheimer’s disease, respectively.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, many have questioned whether the number of deaths attributed to the pandemic has been inflated.

Anecdotally, there are several stories of cases in which people with COVID-19 have had fatal heart attacks, but these cases have been coded as COVID-19 deaths. In an extreme case, a Florida man who died in a motorcycle accident was also a carrier of COVID-19 at the time, but was coded as having died from COVID-19, and not from the accident in motorbike.

According to Daniel Spitz, chief medical examiner for Macomb County, Michigan, “I think a lot of clinicians put this condition [COVID-19] on death certificates when that might not be correct because they died from coronavirus and not coronavirus.

And Spitz is not the only one to wonder about the counts. As of July 21 (the most recent poll), the Axios-Ipsos coronavirus poll read: “Almost a third (31%) of Americans believe the actual death toll from the pandemic is lower than the 135,000 officially reported to mid-July. . A similarly worded question in early May found that a quarter (23%) said the official tally had inflated the actual toll. ”

Interestingly, the poll also showed that “Republicans (59% vs. 40%) and people who get most of their political information from Fox News (61% vs. 44%) are the most likely to say that the actual number of death is less than the official count. ”

On the other hand, “Democrats (61% vs. 63%) mostly continue to believe that the actual toll from the pandemic is higher than what has been officially reported.”

It is particularly disturbing. If Americans are divided along political lines when it comes to something that should be as simple as the death toll during a pandemic, it is much more indicative of the lack of credibility than most Americans (of all beliefs). policies) have in the country. large institutions.

Yet this should also be expected to some extent. A plethora of polls show that most Americans don’t trust the federal government, state government, and even their local government when it comes to anything related to the coronavirus. And it goes without saying that many Americans are skeptical of the media portrayal of COVID-19. But that should come as no surprise, given that Americans’ confidence in the media has been declining for years.

When the public’s trust in the main institutions of society is eroded, bad things tend to happen. As Americans, we must have at least a reasonable sense of trust in the media and in government for our society to function consistently, let alone prosper.

As history shows, when people lose faith in these vital institutions, society can quickly fragment. Public confidence is a prerequisite for a free society. Just ask those who lived in the Soviet Union or East Germany, where government officials and the media regularly lied to their citizens.

And, on the other hand, when people have a strong sense of confidence that the media and government officials are telling the truth, social unrest is less likely, people are more likely to trust each other and nation is a better place.

Hopefully, the release of this report will start to restore Americans’ confidence in government and maybe one day in the Fourth Estate as well.

Chris Talgo ([email protected]) is editor-in-chief at the Heartland Institute.


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