Is it really that deadly?

This is how COVID-19 death rates in the US are manipulated

In this 16-minute speech, Dr. Annie Bukacek details how the instructions of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for filling out death certificates are leading to the overestimation of COVID-19 deaths.

COVID-19 deaths aren't just for confirmed cases, Dr. Bukacek states. If there is reason to assume that a patient has COVID-19 and the patient dies without confirmatory test, that death is recorded as a COVID-19. Moreover, if the patient dies due to another condition but the patient is either a confirmed or a presumed COVID-19, cause of death is still COVID-19.

Editor's Note: Very few people actually realize that there are two ways of recording fatality rates due to COVID-19 [see The Tale of Two Fatality Rates], and that the difference makes a whole lot of difference. Already, reporting of deaths in mainstream media without explaining the difference between the two fatality rates is fueling panic among citizens. The way COVID-19 deaths are recorded in the US leads to even greater fear and confusion among individuals.

This way of recording does not at all take into consideration the various truths we have already discovered about the new coronavirus. It does not differentiate between patients who were healthy previously and died mainly due to the infection, and between those who had underlying illnesses [This is important to know because in both China and Italy's, majority of their COVID-19 deaths had other illnesses. See 99% Of COVID-19 Deaths in Italy Had Other Illnesses].

This method of recording does not help us understand more about the COVID-19, nor does it help us gather information for future researches. What then does this overestimation of COVID-19 deaths serve?

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10 replies on “This is how COVID-19 death rates in the US are manipulated”

[…] The September 2, 2020 update released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 94% of all COVID-19 deaths has at least 2.6 other diseases. Only 6% of all death certificates processed listed COVID-19 as the only cause mentioned [we will remember that in early April, several medical professionals were already raising the issue with death reporting, see This is how COVID-19 death rates in the US are manipulated]. […]

[…] Dr. Lee says that for COVID-19 only, one doctor’s certification is necessary (whereas previous guidelines required two doctors to certify death). Care home providers, many of whom are not medically trained, are also allowed to make a statement to signify that the patient has died of COVID-19.Dr. Lee says that these changes will have important implications in the way we understand the disease. He goes on to say that there is no real data in the UK of the number of deaths that can be confirmed to be DUE TO COVID-19 [The same issue of recording COVID-19 deaths was found in the US, see This Is How COVID-19 Death Rates In The US Are Manipulated]. […]

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