This is a topic I’ve been having suspicions and hearing stories about: the COVID scare is killing more people than the COVID itself. Even before accounting for government cooking the books.
By Chris Melore, 5 July 2020
Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth and Yale universities say the nation saw over 87,000 more deaths than the average for March and April. The report finds COVID-19 is directly responsible for only 65 percent of those fatalities. In 14 states, including California and Texas, more than half of the excess deaths were tied to a cause other than coronavirus.
Lead author Steven Woolf says some of these deaths may reflect medical officials under-reporting COVID-19 cases.
No. Not when they get, last I checked, $13k every time they report COVID.
The heart disease graph is alarmist because the spike is mostly NYC not a full state. (Cuomo scared his people to death?) The increases for states is statistically significant but not so world-ending. Exception for Alzheimer’s in New Jersey?
So, reductions in medical care availability led directly to increased deaths. It was not acceptable for Fauci & Friends to be wrong on their death-toll predictions by three orders of magnitude.
Woolf believes there could be another reason for the dramatic rise in non-coronavirus deaths: the pandemic’s impact on society has been just as devastating.
“A third possibility, the one we’re quite concerned about, is indirect mortality — deaths caused by the response to the pandemic,” explains Woolf, the director emeritus of VCU’s Center on Society and Health. “People who never had the virus may have died from other causes because of the spillover effects of the pandemic, such as delayed medical care, economic hardship or emotional distress.”
Compared to January and February averages, diabetes deaths rose by 96 percent in those states. Deaths tied to heart disease (89%), Alzheimer’s disease (64%), and stroke (35%) also saw disturbing jumps. The study adds deaths in New York City due to heart disease and diabetes both rose by over 350 percent during that time.
Researchers believe fear of getting infected with COVID-19 is keeping many people from seeking proper medical care. The study adds patients in the hardest hit areas may not be getting enough care because local hospitals are overwhelmed with coronavirus cases.
“We can’t forget about mental health,” says Woolf. “A number of people struggling with depression, addiction and very difficult economic conditions caused by lockdowns may have become increasingly desperate, and some may have died by suicide.”
The State of Florida also releases detailed daily statistics of Florida COVID-19 deaths here. It includes the county, whether the person had recent travel, and whether they were a Florida resident. Here is what the statistics show:
It shows a normal picture: the young get sick the most because they’re the most socially active but it’s the elderly who actually die. No amount of social engineering is going to change that.
4,242 deaths from 266,119 infections is a 1.6% fatality rate, for a state famous as both a retirement destination and a resort. The hospitalization/death rates for children is zero but that won’t change their New Normal of socially isolated schooling this Fall.
Still no hard data on suicide rates.