The New American
by Michael Tennant
Only six percent of Americans who have died with COVID-19 died strictly from the virus and not from other causes, according to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC’s latest COVID-19 provisional counts, covering February 1 through August 22, say that 164,280 Americans have suffered deaths “involving COVID-19.”
That, of course, can mean anything from having had a recent positive COVID-19 test (which may or may not have been accurate) to having tested positive months earlier to simply having been declared positive based on symptoms (with hospitals facing strong financial incentives to claim COVID-19 deaths).
For the sake of argument, however, let us assume that the CDC’s numbers are valid. Out of those 164,280 deaths, the CDC calculates that just six percent of them, or 9,857, were caused solely by COVID-19. “For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death,” the agency says. In other words, 94 percent of those who died with COVID-19 already had two or more other serious health issues such as hypertension or diabetes.
On top of that, age was a major contributing factor. Ninety-two percent of deaths involving COVID-19 occurred among individuals aged 55 and older. Persons 75 and older accounted for 58 percent of such deaths.
Hence, it is hardly surprising that 22 percent of COVID-19 deaths occurred in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, where most residents are both aged and infirm. That number is considerably higher in states that ordered these facilities to accept COVID-19 patients and would be higher still in New York if that state had not changed its counting method to disguise the order’s deadly results.
LewRockwell.com blogger Michael Rozeff observed:
It is quite hard to shake loose of the idea that if it had not been for COVID-19, these otherwise seriously ill and elderly people … would still be alive. But there is no way to blame COVID-19 solely when several other co-morbidities are present. The other ailments are present and contributory. I know this sounds terrible to say, but clear thought demands it. These people already had one leg in the grave. We can imagine this, which is true in most instances, that a person who is healthy and has no other ailments shakes off the virus-induced illness. However, what if that person is the victim during that bout of illness of several more severe health issues? Then he or she may perish. What’s to blame, the initial COVID-19 which could have been survived, or the subsequent co-morbidities like heart disease or emphysema? It is impossible to single out a sole cause when several are present together.
Despite the deaths, the CDC’s statistics should be considered good news. According to the CDC, COVID-19 has thus far played a role in the deaths of just 0.05 percent of the U.S. population and was the sole factor in the deaths of a mere 0.003 percent.
This is not the picture one gets from the mainstream media, which thrives on coronavirus panic. In fact, their hysterical reporting of “cases” and other meaningless statistics has led Americans to believe that COVID-19 has wiped out nine percent of the U.S. population. That’s 180 times the number of people the CDC claims have died with COVID-19 and 3,000 times the number the agency says have died from COVID-19.
It’s also not the impression one gets from most government officials, who are currently enjoying power trips courtesy of the fear they have instilled in their citizens. If those citizens were to become aware of the CDC’s latest statistics and other relevant facts, they might well come to the same conclusions as Rozeff: “It means that existing draconian measures should all be shelved immediately! They are not just neutral in their effects. They are known to be harmful in many ways, including causing deaths that otherwise would not have occurred. It means that the crash-push for vaccines should be abandoned. There is no dire need to rush an untested vaccine into production and inoculate large numbers of people.”
There is, however, a dire need to put an end to the COVID-19 police state once and for all.
Michael Tennant is a freelance writer and regular contributor to The New American.