A new report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) revealed that COVID-19 Deaths may not be as high as initially reported. The report says that other factors unrelated to the virus may have caused most deaths listed as COVID-19 fatalities. Dated August 26, 2020, the report casts doubts on the actual number of deaths that could be considered as purely COVID-19 deaths.
The data shows that 94% of deaths were caused by something else other than the coronavirus. The report authors indicated that “for 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned.” Every other fatality listed as COVID-19 had at least “2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.”
Some of the listed causes of deaths include heart failure (10,562), cardiac arrest (20,210), renal failure (13,693), hypertension (35,272), Alzheimer’s (5,608), obesity (5,614), diabetes (25,936), among other diseases related or unrelated to the respiratory system.
Additionally, the report lists other circumstances unrelated to the health of the individuals at the time of their deaths as COVID-19 death causes. Such causes were categorized as “intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning, and other adverse events.”
Loosely translated, if a COVID-19 positive person and lost his or her life in a car accident, suicide, or died from accidental poisoning, their death would be listed as a COVID-19 fatality. Another 78,000 deaths are recorded as “all other conditions and causes.”
This categorization shows that anybody who dies for any other reason is considered to be a COVID-19 death if they are found to be COVID-19 positive. The data shows that, although COVID-19 kills people, the mortality rate is likely to be lower currently reported.
Despite the inclusion of deaths resulting from other causes, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci said the deaths were underreported during a Senate health committee hearing.