by Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution
A common theme during this pandemic is the fact that public, provincial, state and federal health regulatory agencies have been, since the beginning of this pandemic, adding to the death count people who actually didn’t die as a result of Covid-19. Toronto Public Health recently did the same, tweeting that “Individuals who have died with Covid-19, but not as a result of COVID-19 are included in the case counts for COVID-19 deaths in Toronto.”
This means that people are being added to the COVID death count who really didn’t die of COVID. This would logically inflate the number of deaths from what they actually are, thus driving the true infection mortality rate even lower than what it’s already at. That being said, multiple mainstream media articles have suggested that there are also concerns that some deaths that have been a result of Covid-19 have been missed during this pandemic.
According to Factcheck.org, “One Facebook user has claimed the opposite, erroneously suggesting the count is being inflated by unrelated deaths, and copies of that claim have gone viral on the social media platform” and the idea that deaths are being miscalculated and in the opposite direction of what mainstream media is claiming, is false.
But these fact-checking organizations are quickly gaining a bad reputation. There are multiple instances where organizations like this will simply label something as false without actually conducting an appropriate investigation. For example, they didn’t acknowledge that experts and public health authorities are implying that death could could be inflated. Colorado had to make a recent adjustment because of this.
There are a number of examples beyond the one that came from Toronto in June. Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, pointed out that all people who pass away and test positive for COVID-19, regardless of the cause of death, means that the death will be marked as a COVID-19 death.
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