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Death "With COVID" vs Death "From COVID"

The World Health Organization (WHO) created a very broad definition of what is considered to be a “COVID death”, and this definition was adopted worldwide. According to their definition, a COVID death is one where a person had a confirmed or suspected case of COVID at any time, prior to death.[1] This means that what is reported as a COVID death may have another cause, like cancer or a heart condition. Nevertheless, if the hospital suspects COVID, or if the patient tested positive, even when no COVID symptoms are present, it is recorded as a COVID death. By mid-April 2020 nearly 37% of COVID deaths in New York City were “presumptive” COVID deaths.[2]

According to a UK study over the summer of 2020, nearly a third of all deaths recorded as COVID did not have COVID as an “underlying cause of death”.[3] That figure appears to be consistent with other time periods as well.[4] In addition, once COVID was recorded as a reason for death on the death certificate, it could not be rescinded, even if it was in error.[5] Meanwhile, in the USA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that only about 6% of COVID deaths had no comorbidity.[6] This means that 94% of COVID deaths had additional contributing causes of death listed on the death certificate.[7]

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[2]: More than 3,700 additional people who were presumed to have died of the coronavirus”

[3]: This proportion has risen substantially to nearly a third over the last eight weeks”

[6]: CDC report shows 94% of COVID-19 deaths in U.S. had contributing conditions”

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