Apparently the statistics we have been hammered over the head with for months, that have been used to frighten American, close schools, and manipulate Presidential elections, are pure, unadulterated kaka, and, more amazing still, health professionals have known this all along.
Here is a quote casually thrown into an October Newsweek article about Joe Biden’s attempts to argue the President Trump’s policies have killed people (the bolding is mine):
Biden’s claim doesn’t acknowledge that the U.S. counts coronavirus deaths differently from other countries. Indeed, we are counting deaths differently than we have for any other disease. “The case definition is very simplistic,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of Illinois Department of Public Health, explains. “It means, at the time of death, it was a COVID positive diagnosis. That means, that if you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live, and then you also were found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death. It means, technically even if you died of [a] clear alternative cause, but you had COVID at the same time, it’s still listed as a COVID death.”
Believe it or not, it gets worse. I, and many others, have long suspected that the Wuhan virus death totals were inflated this way, for reasons ranging to incompetence and laziness to greed and a deliberate intention to deceive the public. But here was the next brain-bomb (again, the emphasis is mine):
Such expansive definitions are not the fault of rogue public health officials. The rules direct them to do this. “If someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that as a COVID-19 death,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx noted multiple times.
Beyond including people with the virus who clearly didn’t die from it, the numbers are inflated by counting people who weren’t even infected. New York has classified many cases as coronavirus deaths even when postmortem tests have been negative. The diagnosis can be based on symptoms, which are often similar to those of the seasonal flu..it seems clear that at least two-thirds of the reported fatalities are actually due to causes other than the coronavirus…
Clear to whom? I never hear or read this mentioned. If a blogger suggests this, it’s dismissed as a “conspiracy theory.” Right now, as I type this, Headline News is flogging the death theme: here is a Florida healthcare worker tearing up, telling us that “there is so much death,” that this “a war,” and how hard it is to tell parents that their child died “because of the pandemic.”
I don’t understand this at all. The method of assigning deaths is a material part, perhaps THE material part, of what the public and policymakers need to know in order to assess the nature of the pandemic. If the US counts Wuhan virus deaths differently from other nations, this means that putting charts comparing alleged US pandemic deaths to the rest of the world is irresponsible and dishonest is indefensible (except to cause panic and bash the Trump administration.) At the very least, any article or feature relating to “pandemic deaths” in the United States should as a matter of policy include a disclaimer explaining that that so-called Wuhan fatalities are determined as the Newsweek article revealed.
The New York Times is still running its misleading and fearmongering “those we have lost” feature every week. It never mentions any other possible causes of death while cherry-picking the deceased to maximize false narratives. If my father had died in his sleep at the age of 89 sometime in the last ten months (instead of 2009) and been diagnosed with the virus before or after his demise, the Times could have included him in its weekly sentimental fear-fest, if it figured it was time to include a WWII veteran in the mix. But as my dad’s doctor made clear, any one of many maladies, or none of them, could have been the cause of his death. Dad had a slight cold when he died: by the logic being used to inflate the pandemic casualty list, he could have been called a common cold victim.
Again, I don’t understand. I know nobody pays attention to Newsweek any more, and deservedly so, but its sources in this piece seem sound. How can the news media get away with ignoring a factor that literally changes the assessment of how serious the pandemic is? Why hasn’t the Trump administration emphasized this more? Why would it not only assent to an exaggerated death total used by his political foes (and the news media) to claim he has “blood on his hands,” but continue to enable it? Why hasn’t it taken action to stop an accounting method that is misleading and fueling unjustified fear, destructive societal changes, and bad policy?