Is it really more deadly than the flu?
How did the government decide that the response to COVID-19 was worth it? What data was used to guide the experts advising our politicians? Decisions are made with information. Big decisions should be made with good information. But there is evidence to show that the information being used by politicians to guide their decisions is completely unreliable.
“The data collected so far on how many people are infected and how the epidemic is evolving are utterly unreliable. Given the limited testing to date, some deaths and probably the vast majority of infections due to SARS-CoV-2 are being missed. We don’t know if we are failing to capture infections by a factor of three or 300. Three months after the outbreak emerged, most countries, including the U.S., lack the ability to test a large number of people and no countries have reliable data on the prevalence of the virus in a representative random sample of the general population.”Source: A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data
“The widespread availability of SARS-CoV-2 tests is limited. In the USA, for example, an adequate, state-funded testing facility for all suspected cases has only been available since 11.3.2020 . In Germany as well, there were occasional bottlenecks which contribute to an overestimation of the CFR.”Source: COVID-19 – Where is the Evidence?
An emergency ICD-10 code of ‘U07.1 COVID-19, virus identified’ is assigned to a disease diagnosis of COVID-19 confirmed by laboratory testing.
An emergency ICD-10 code of ‘U07.2 COVID-19, virus not identified’ is assigned to a clinical or epidemiological diagnosis of COVID-19 where laboratory confirmation is inconclusive or not available.
Both U07.1 and U07.2 may be used for mortality coding as cause of deathSource: Emergency use ICD codes for COVID-19 disease outbreak
“The new coronavirus strain (COVID-19) should be recorded on the medical cause of death certificate for ALL decedents where the disease caused, or is assumed to have caused, or contributed to death.”Source: Guidance for Certifying Deaths due to COVID-19
“The country’s high death toll is due to an ageing population, overstretched health system and the way fatalities are reported… The way in which we code deaths in our country is very generous in the sense that all the people who die in hospitals with the coronavirus are deemed to be dying of the coronavirus.”Source: Why have so many coronavirus patients died in Italy?
“More than 99% of Italy’s coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study by the country’s national health authority.”Source: 99% of Those Who Died From Virus Had Other Illness, Italy Says
Stressing that it is almost impossible to make comparisons country to country, because each government is taking a different approach to how they record cases, he said that, “South Korean tests are 10 times more sensitive than in Italy. If Italy measured cases like Korea, there would have been 10 times more cases.”Source: Nobel laureate: surprised if Israel has more than 10 coronavirus deaths
“COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate for all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death.”Source: New ICD code introduced for COVID-19 deaths
“The federal government is classifying the deaths of patients infected with the coronavirus as COVID-19 deaths, regardless of any underlying health issues that could have contributed to the loss of someone’s life.”Source: Feds classifying all coronavirus patient deaths as ‘COVID-19’ deaths, regardless of cause
“The CDC counts both true COVID-19 cases and speculative guesses of COVID-19 the same. They call it death by COVID-19. They automatically overestimate the real death numbers, by their own admission.”Video: Montana physician Dr. Annie Bukacek discusses how COVID 19 death certificates are being manipulated
“So they used ‘confirmed cases’ to come up with numbers for the coronavirus, but they used ‘estimated cases’ to come up with the death rate for the seasonal flu… that means that the seasonal flu, if we’re using an apples to apples comparison, is twice as deadly as the coronavirus.”Video: TRUTH: Seasonal FLU TWICE as Deadly as Coronavirus?
“As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious diseases (HCID) in the UK… They have determined that several features have now changed; in particular, more information is available about mortality rates (low overall)”Source: High consequence infectious diseases (HCID)
Ferguson credited the U.K.’s lockdown for stopping the spread of the virus, but as Berenson points out, the country “only began its lockdown 2 days ago, and the theory is that lockdowns take 2 weeks or more to work.”Source: Imperial College scientist who predicted 500K coronavirus deaths in UK adjusts figure to 20K or fewer
“The predictions of the models don’t match the reality on the ground in either China, South Korea or Italy. We are about five times the size of Italy. So, if we were Italy and you did all those divisions, Italy should have close to 400,000 deaths. They’re not close to achieving that.”Video: Dr. Birx Admits Initial COVID Predictions Were Extreme
“Our data suggests that COVID-19 has a fatality rate that is in the same ballpark as seasonal influenza. It suggests that even though this is a very serious problem, we should not fear.”Video: Dr. John Ioannidis Announces Results of COVID-19 Serology Study
Compared to Seasonal Flu
“From January 1st 2020 to March 21st 2020, approximately the Covid-19 scenario to date, 17 million people have died. They just didn’t die of a media-focused issue. Overwhelmingly, these deaths were invisible to you. You did not fear them or react badly to them. 11,177 deaths by contrast have been presented as a massive crisis and a significant threat to your life. Is that true?”Video: Coronavirus Covid-19 Fact Not Fear
“It is estimated that each year influenza causes an average of 13,500 hospitalisations and more than 3,000 deaths among Australians aged over 50 years…”Source: Colds and flu statistics
“In Australia, influenza on average causes 1,500 to 3,000 deaths, about 18,000 hospitalisations and 300,000 GP consultationseach year.”Source: Influenza Fast Facts
“In 2017 there were 1,255 deaths due to influenza, recording a standardised death rate of 3.9 per 100,000 persons. This is a significant increase from 2016 where 464 influenza deaths were recorded.”Source: DEATHS DUE TO INFLUENZA, 2017
“We are at the peak of flu season… not only facing over-crowded emergency rooms but some tough decisions as well. That is, with a shortage of space in the ICU, they had to make a choice between treating critically ill flu patients and delaying some cancer surgeries.”Video: Surgeries postponed due to flu cases overwhelming Toronto ICU
“We estimated excess deaths of 7,027, 20,259, 15,801 and 24,981 attributable to influenza epidemics in the 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, respectively, using the Goldstein index.”Source: Investigating the impact of influenza on excess mortality in all ages in Italy during recent seasons (2013/14–2016/17 seasons)
“CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010.”Source: Disease Burden of Influenza
This site is an extensive documentation of the facts and timeline surrounding the COVID-19 situation done by a doctor in Switzerland.
“Fully referenced facts about Covid-19, provided by experts in the field, to help our readers make a realistic risk assessment.”Source: Facts about Covid-19