How Many Deaths Were Really from COVID?
re: ethics in medicine
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We will never know the truth about COVID deaths.
And I’ll make the same challenge here as with Huge Spike in Deaths Per Day Following COVID Vaccination relative to Baseline Deaths: can an MD or epidemiologist or similar with appropriate skills or a data scientist or someone versed in such stuff please debunk these claims?
Update Nov 1: no debunks and no protests so far.
In violation of decades of precedent, COVID is/was labeled the presumptive cause of death if even suspected, and regardless of how many co-morbidities were present. This change in cause-of-death protocol was made by the CDC in March of 2020 and done only for COVID, turning the death statistics into a dumpster fire that has had massive policy and societal implications (none good).
NIH.gov: Why are we vaccinating children against COVID-19?
2021-09-14, Ronald N. Kostoff a, *, Daniela Calina b, Darja Kanduc c, Michael B. Briggs d, Panayiotis Vlachoyiannopoulos e, Andrey A. Svistunov f, Aristidis Tsatsakis
By the end of May 2021, the official CDC death count attributed to COVID-19 was approaching 600,000, as stated previously. This number has been disputed for many reasons. First, before COVID-19 testing began, or in the absence of testing, after it was available, the diagnosis of COVID-19 (in the USA) could be made by the presumption of the healthcare practitioner that COVID-19 existed [4,18]. Second, after testing began, the main diagnostic used was the RT-PCR test. This test was done at very high amplification cycles, ranging up to 45 [19–21]. In this range, very high numbers of false positives are possible .
Third, most deaths attributed to COVID-19 were elderly with high comorbidities [1,22]. As we showed in a previous study , attribution of death to one of many possible comorbidities or especially toxic exposures in combinations  is highly arbitrary and can be viewed as a political decision more than a medical decision. For over 5 % of these deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned on the death certificate. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 4.0 additional conditions or causes per death . These deaths with comorbidities could equally have been ascribed to any of the comorbidities . Thus, the actual number of COVID-19-based deaths in the USA may have been on the order of 35,000 or less, characteristic of a mild flu season.
Even the 35,000 deaths may be an overestimate. Comorbidities were based on the clinical definition of specific diseases, using threshold biomarker levels and relevant symptoms for the disease(s) of interest [25,26]. But many people have what are known as pre-clinical conditions. The biomarkers have not reached the threshold level for official disease diagnosis, but their abnormality reflects some degree of underlying dysfunction. The immune system response (including pre-clinical conditions) to the COVID-19 viral trigger should not be expected to be the same as the response of a healthy immune system . If pre-clinical conditions had been taken into account and coupled with the false positives as well, the CDC estimate of 94 % misdiagnosis would be substantially higher.
WIND: in other words, the data on COVID deaths has low credibility, but it will likely live forever as “fact”. The foregoing should give any rational objective thinker pause.