Last November, an analysis of CDC data on COVID-19 deaths by academic Genevieve Briand was given a good summary in a Johns Hopkins University newsletter … and then retracted and attacked because, “[It] has been used to support dangerous inaccuracies that minimize the impact of the pandemic.” The race to stifle and discredit the “inconvenient” Briand analysis was Orwellian.
The data Briand referenced are undisputed. The analysis is good, and the conclusion is both reasonable and amply supported: In the U.S., the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 appear to be reducing the deaths attributed to other diseases on a virtually 1-to-1 basis. I.e., COVID does not appear to increase death rates.
Put another way: For every person COVID “kills,” it appears to save a person from dying of another deadly disease.
The smoking gun is the U.S. CDC’s instructions to medical examiners and coroners, who are the source of death statistics in the U.S.
COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate for all decedents where the disease caused or isNew ICD code introduced for COVID-19 deaths. (Bold in the original.)
assumed to have caused or contributed to death.