1. The CDC issued new guidance that required doctors who complete death certificates to list Covid-19 on the certificate if it contributed to or caused the death. This was no different than what we did before. We are supposed to list all contributory causes.
for all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death.”
“Cause of Death and COVID-19
COURTESY OF GENEVIEVE BRIAND
Graph depicts the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018.
This trend is completely contrary to the pattern observed in all previous years. Interestingly, as depicted in the table below, the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19.
In May, the Governor of Colorado announced that the state was reducing the number of Covid-caused deaths by 23%, acknowledging that every death “with” Covid had been getting counted as a death “due to” Covid. One wonders what CDC assigned as the cause of death for those 23% of deaths that were determined to not be due to Covid, at the state level. One wonders if CDC misassignment of deaths had anything to do with Trump’s demand that hospitals stop sending their data to CDC and sending it directly to a White House contractor.