These Three Factors are Leading to Massively Inflated COVID Death Counts
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For months we have known that health officials at nearly all levels of government have been dishonest when it comes to the manner in which they ‘count’ coronavirus deaths.
Attribute whatever nefarious reason to it that you want (I think it’s political to hurt President Trump, but that’s me), the fact remains that the “official death toll” is anything but the real number of actual deaths specifically from coronavirus.
In an excellent piece for Red State, Michael Thau – who has spent a great deal of time analyzing data and following the stories regarding the COVID-19 pandemic – laid out three factors that have led to dramatic over-counts of coronavirus deaths, why, and what needs to be done about it (Hint: President Trump should get involved).
To being with, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson also happens to agree that Democrats are wringing every last exploitative ounce they can get from the pandemic for political advantage in November:
Democrats understand that the unhappier Americans become, the more likely they are to win. Unhappy people want change. It’s not complicated. So, every ominous headline about the state of the country makes it more likely that Donald Trump will lose his job. The more the people suffer, the greater Joe Biden’s advantage. Democrats have a strong incentive, therefore, to inflict as much pain as they can, and that’s what they are doing.
And one way Democrats are inflicting pain and instilling the ‘we gotta change’ attitude in Americans is by hyping the number of coronavirus deaths.
Yes, the inflated numbers.
"The very same people who were saying we’d have over 2 million fatalities if nothing was done are now claiming Trump failed miserably because the virus’s official death tally is less than a tenth of that at around 150,000," Thau notes.
But in reality, the number is probably far fewer.
As Thau notes:
Factor 1:Anyone who has COVID-19 or has tested positive for coronavirus and dies is listed as a ‘coronavirus death.’
Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of Trump’s coronavirus task force, said as much in early April.
Though other countries count heart attack deaths as heart attack deaths and so forth, in America "if someone dies with COVID-19 we are counting that as a COVID-19 death," Birx said.
And again, this was in early April.
Factor 2:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has instructed doctors to list COVID-19 as cause of death on death certificates even if they don’t know whether coronavirus was the cause.
"COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate for all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death," the CDC adds, with the emphasis being the CDC's.
Factor 3: There is a financial incentive to list COVID-19 as the reason for hospitalization. Thau writes: “Hospitals are being reimbursed for treating any uninsured patients they diagnose with COVID-19. Medicare is also paying out more when the COVID-19-box is checked.”
So, whenever you hear the ‘official’ coronavirus death count being tut-tutted, especially by Democrats, just know that a) it’s not a real number; and b) Democrats are exploiting the virus bigly for political gain.