We were in a period of time with so many unknowns. People were legitimately scared. There were reports that a minimum of 2 million plus could die from the Coronavirus, and there were reports that went much higher than that. We were playing a guessing game.
The Intercept publication had the following report:
Without mitigation, the new coronavirus pandemic could kill as many as 2.2 million people in the U.S., according to a report from the Imperial College of London Covid-19 Response Team. Even taking critical steps such as social distancing of the entire population, isolation of the sick in their homes, and quarantining family members of the sick, the epidemic will likely soon overwhelm the critical care capacity of American hospitals, according to the report. The British researchers told the New York Times that they shared their findings with the White House task force on the virus “about a week ago.”
Because the virus is a real virus. Because people did indeed die from the virus. There is often an outrage that one would question the number of people who truly died from the China Virus. Like somehow you’re insensitive. You just need to accept the numbers as presented.
Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the director of Illinois’s Department of Public Health, explained it this way:
“Anyone who has covid when they pass away will be included in that category, it does not mean the virus caused that death, if someone test positive for covid before dying – it is classified a coronavirus fatality. “If you died of a clear alternate cause, but you had Covid at the same time, it’s still listed as a Covid death.”
Dr. Dan Erickson of Accelerated Urgent Care held a press conference to galvanize policymakers to reopen the economy. Dr. Erickson has spoken to many physicians who say they are being pressured to add COVID-19 to death certificates and diagnostic lists—even when the novel coronavirus appears to have no relation to the victim’s cause of death.
“They say, ‘You know, it’s interesting. When I’m writing up my death report I’m being pressured to add Covid,’” Erickson said. “Why is that? Why are we being pressured to add Covid? To maybe increase the numbers, and make it look a little bit worse than it is?”
“We aren’t pressured to test for flu, Why are we being pressured to add Covid?”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data last week that depicts how many Americans who have died from COVID-19 also had contributing conditions. According to the report, only 6% of deaths have COVID-19 as the only cause mentioned, revealing that 94% of patients who died from coronavirus also had other “health conditions and contributing causes.”
The report reads:
Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.
So why are medical professionals and doctors being pressured to add COVID-19 to death certificates. Are Hospitals Over-Reporting COVID-19 Cases Because of Financial Incentives? Malcolm takes a look at all these questions and that CDC report⏤this could be the biggest Blockbuster ever!