As we all know, the CDC itself has admitted that only 6% of all “COVID-related deaths” had the Chinese coronavirus as the cause of death, meaning that the actual number of people in the country who are dead because of the virus is 6% of the official death toll.
However, a county in California has needed to do at least SOME revision of their death toll, not necessarily acknowledging that 6% figure, but enough to revise down their death toll by 25%.
Alameda County has had to change their total death count from 1,634 to 1,223 because the state and county tally deaths rather differently. Interestingly, the state has the more logical way of counting deaths out of the two of them, and so, the county has to adjust to the way the state counts Chinese coronavirus deaths.
According to Fox News: “The county previously included deaths of anyone infected with the virus, regardless of whether COVID-19 was a direct or contributing cause of death.”
As I have said time and time again, that method is utterly asinine and bound to artificially raise the death toll and leave people more afraid than necessary (an intentional “mistake”). Using that line of logic, one could argue that if someone is run over by a truck but they had gotten a splinter on their finger, then we would count that as death to a splinter, instead of the obvious cause that killed them. It makes absolutely no sense to do things this way and no doctor ever would, say, diagnose someone with cancer and then claim that cancer killed them if they ended up in a car accident or if they ended up falling off a ladder and dying.
So the county had to change the way in which they count deaths, not because that method is inherently stupid, but because the state, for once, actually had a better method of counting deaths to the Chinese coronavirus.
Alameda County Public Health Department spokeswoman Neetu Balram said that “There are definitely people who died from reasons that were clearly not caused by COVID,” according to The Oaklandside. Barlam seemingly couldn’t give any examples of cases that were clearly not deaths to Chinese coronavirus, but if they are anything like the state of Washington, one can assume that at least some of those 411 deaths were actually from gunshot wounds and not from the Chinese coronavirus.
Interestingly enough, infectious disease “expert” Dr. Amesh Adalja was rather critical of the 25% drop, saying that such a revision “seems high,” according to The Daily Wire. Well, considering that the actual number is 6%, so there ought to be a 94% revision, 25% seems rather generous (though still fairly disingenuous).
Axios argued that “While the cause of death listed as solely from the coronavirus occurred in 6% of cases in the U.S.,… this doesn’t mean that the virus was not a contributing factor or, indeed, the leading cause in the other 94%. The U.S. virus death toll would be much lower if this were the case.”
Here’s the thing, Axios: it is lower. Lower than the official number, that is. How do I know that? Well, you see, in the year 2019, 2,854,838 people died in the United States, according to the CDC. In the year 2020, 2,861,000 Americans died. That’s a difference of a little over 6,000 people. Yet, we are told that roughly 500,000 Americans died of the Chinese coronavirus in 2020. Doesn’t that seem a little strange? That the death toll would see such a miniscule increase between years when the latter year was faced with a global pandemic?
If 500,000 Americans died, assuming that they wouldn’t have died otherwise (as this is the standard hospitals used to count actual Chinese coronavirus deaths, not just the “if they had it, they died from it” insanity), wouldn’t that mean that we would have seen a 500,000 people increase in that death toll from 2019 to 2020? So why was it so minimal?
Stranger still, that is the lowest increase in deaths year-to-year in some time. From 2018 to 2019, the U.S. saw a death increase of 15,633, while from 2017 to 2018, the increase was 25,702. And from 2015 to 2016, the increase was of 31,618 more deaths.
In essence, roughly the same amount of people died in 2020 as did in 2019, and the increase between the two years is LOWER than in previous years, and by a lot. Isn’t that just a little bit strange for a pandemic year? Even if you assumed a good chunk of that 500,000 number would have died anyway, you would expect a considerably higher number than just a 6,000 people increase.
So, yes, Axios, the actual U.S. virus death toll is much lower. It’s just that the powers that be wanted to scare as many people as they could into submission and a higher number would accomplish that. Either that or doctors and experts are utter morons and don’t know how to logically count something with its actual death toll, which is entirely possible but not something which the Left would be willing to admit.
So they are forced to admit that either they made stuff up or their “experts” are dumbasses. Well, I say “forced”, but in reality, they won’t admit a damn thing, of course. They’ll just spin things like what Axios was trying to do here. But still, reality is what it is, not as the Left claims it to be.
And the reality is that this virus has a survivability rate of 99.97% for most people and the actual death count ought to be 94% lower (and no, I don’t buy that whole “they might have died partly because of it” because no one claims that someone who had cancer and diabetes would say that both are the causes of death, so why would we count “died partly because of the virus” as “they died because of the virus”?)
It certainly is good that Alameda County has revised its death count to be at least a little more accurate, but I can’t help but be rather frustrated at the fact that it was because of a discrepancy with the way they were doing it and the way the state was doing it, as opposed to the fact that their method was UTTERLY MORONIC and anyone with a functioning brain could tell.
Here’s hoping they further revise their count to be more accurate with the CDC’s 6% count and that other counties and states begin revising their asinine death tolls.
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