Facebook was abuzz over the weekend with a combination of relief and frustration over a recently released report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amending some critical information about the pandemic statistics.
WKRC 12 of Cincinnati cited the CDC’s report which showed that in only 6 percent of cases was coronavirus the only issue found in the deceased:
“Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),” the CDC said, according to WKRC. “For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned.
“For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.”
While this is not a complete retraction of the previous statistics, it is a massive amendment to the former panic-inducing reports that prompted the shutdown of one of the most impressive economic times in recent history.
One of the biggest takeaways from the CDC’s newest numbers is that those most impacted had comorbidities that contributed to their deaths. While anything that speeds the death of a human who could have had a longer or more prosperous life is a tragedy, what we don’t yet know, is how many people would have had a similar outcome, without the impact that COVID-19 made.
The other contributing factors named by the CDC were, in some cases, big, bad, 100 percent capable of killing on their own, issues. Chief among those issues were things like heart failure, renal failure, and cardiac arrest.
It’s not completely clear, but the implication in the report was that the other issues were considered comorbidities, in other words, previously or concurrent to the COVID-19 virus, and not considered complications of the virus. That could be clarified at a later date, however, the report results would be substantially different if the other contributing factors were caused by COVID-19. Those would likely be classified, again, as complications.
Some of the other top issues that contributed to 94 percent of the COVID-19 cases that have been reported in the news were other lung function suppressants, like influenza and pneumonia as well as respiratory failure.
WKRC 12 of Cincinnati reported, “According to the CDC, 9683 died in the United States with only having COVID-19 listed on their death certificate.” That astonishing distant figure from previously reported numbers, makes one beg the question if the virus would have been called a pandemic if that were the criteria used to promote it’s spread, initially.
Sadly, those most deeply affected appeared to have been those in assisted living, thanks to the frequency of other health issues and the close proximity to one another. Those individuals most vulnerable were left exposed, due to misinformation surrounding the virus.
In addition to other comorbidities listed, many patients were found to be hypertensive, have diabetes, vascular and unspecified dementia, and something interestingly called “Intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning and other adverse events.”
That final word on factors that influenced deaths that were still attributed to COVID-19 reminds us that if those individuals were included in widely circulated reports, you would have been able to say that George Floyd died of COVID-19, thanks to his autopsy revealing that he was positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the time of his death.
Because, according to the reporting that has been done for months, that they now admit was sorely lacking in information about other factors that contributed to deaths, if a person tested positive for the virus, they were added to the death statistics.
As my good friend Kermit is so apt to say, “but that’s none of my business.”