US. CDC Says More Than A Million Excess Deaths Attributable To SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Implying More Than 2 Million Americans Have Died From COVID-19 So Far!
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: In the last 24 hours, the United States reported more than 104,000 new COVID-19 infections and 3,187 Americans dying from COVID-19. The total number of Americans who have died from COVID-19 so far is 955,497 while more than 79.9 million Americans have been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus so far.
In a surprising move, the U.S. CDC told media in the last 48 hours that America since the start of the pandemic has suffered more than 1m excess deaths are mainly attributable to COVID-19! The data was also posted on their website. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm#dashboard
This would mean that more than 2 million Americans have died due to SARS-CoV-2 infections since the start of the pandemic!
However, many local physicians and researchers are skeptical and many have told U.S. Medical News
that the actual total death toll in America from COVID-19 could be as high as four- fold of what was being reported officially!
This would mean that about 3.8 million Americans have died due to COVID-19 so far!
The U.S. CDC latest statistic hints at excess deaths due to SARS-CoV-2 infections reflect the breadth of COVID-19’s impact on health in the United States.
According to the U.S. CDC, these excess deaths are mainly attributable to COVID-19, as well as conditions that may have resulted from delayed medical care and overwhelmed health systems.
Officially at least more than 931,000 Americans have died from confirmed COVID cases, according to the CDC.
However, other causes of death above the normally expected number have included heart disease, hypertension, strokes and organ failures.
The US.CDC said that some Americans die months after their initial COVID19 diagnosis, because the SARS-CoV-2 virus created other fatal complications.
The excess deaths are calculated by looking at previous years’ fatalities. In 2019, there were 2.8 million deaths in the US; in 2020, it was about 3.3 million.
Dr Jeremy Faust, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School told Thailand Medical News, “All-cause excess mortality is one of the most reliable and unbiased ways to look at the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. It does not rely on how many tests were done or on subjective cause of death designations.”
Although cause of death can sometimes be difficult to ascertain, and political pressures can lead to miscounting, excess deaths can indicate the broad scope of a health emergency.
Dr Faust added, “Whenever we hear that another 100,000 Americans died of COVID-19, there’s a reliable chorus of naysayers who claim that these deaths would’ve happened anyway. Excess deaths cuts t
hrough that, because it’s about reporting whether the total number of deaths is out of the ordinary.”
He further added, “These collated figures can reveal the truer toll of COVID-19 including deaths directly from infection as well as deaths from the circumstances of the crisis.”
It is also estimated that the global number of excess deaths may be millions higher than the official count of COVID-19 deaths.
To date, the official global death count from COVID-19 is around 5.86 million but again many researchers claim that the figures can be about 4 to 5-fold ie between 23 to 29 million!
The death toll of 19 has also been geographically uneven in the US. At first the virus was largely confined to major cities, but then it began spreading in rural areas, with devastating effect.
Recently one insurance executive said that deaths among working-age Americans are up 40% during the roughly two years of the pandemic!
A majority of Americans delayed seeking care during the pandemic, and others may have seen the quality of their care decrease as health systems were overburdened by COVID-19.
It was also reported that the United States is also in the midst of an overdose crisis, with more than 100,000 overdose deaths in the first year of the pandemic.
Untimely or “early” deaths is also another name for excess deaths.
Although the majority of excess deaths in the US occurred among those 65 and older, many of those Americans had many years left to live. The average 80-year-old in the US has a life expectancy of eight more years.
Dr Faust noted added, “If suddenly more 80-year-olds are dying than usual, it’s a simple fact that many of them had not just months but years, even a decade or more, of life left otherwise in some cases. Sometimes people say that stopping COVID-19 merely ‘delays death’. To that, I say, ‘Exactly. That’s what medicine and public health are all about.’”
What is more worrying for America however is that with official figures now showing that more than 78.2 million Americans out of a population of 334 million already having been infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and with studies showing that between 40 to even 82 percent of all that have been exposed to the virus will ultimately develop long COVID and with many of these long term health conditions having the possibility to result in fatal outcomes such as heart failures, strokes, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, kidney failures, liver failures and various cancers, it is expected that the excess death rates attributable to SARS-CoV-2 infections will rise exponentially in coming months and years. These deaths will also rise as more surges causes reinfections among vulnerable people who had been previously infected and had developed immunodeficiency issues and other cellular damage.
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