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    Michelle Samuels (GRS’16) is communications senior writer and editor at the School of Public Health.  Profile

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There are 4 comments on Analysis Finds True US Pandemic Death Toll Is Much Higher Than 200,000

  1. This research is important and the results of it are devastating. As in so many areas of our lives in 2020, the personal is political. Systemic racism is real and it is clearly affecting all of us in disparate ways. I hope this research will be widely reported and that it will be another brick on the path to all of us doing our part to end racism in America, forever.

  2. We know that there are more than 8 million cases of COVID-19 reported in the US. But thanks to the Trump administration for blocking the CDC from collecting data, the outcomes of these cases have not been reported for more than 2.6 million cases. Even if the death rate is only 4% that would mean that another 100,000 deaths may be unreported.

  3. So 100% of excess deaths are from COVID? That is a huge assumption. There have been other years in which we have had “excess deaths” due to drug overdoses, flu, etc. To assume that 100% of excess deaths are COVID seems like a really baseless assumption. The 65,451 likely have some COVID deaths, but is it all COVID? Doubt it. Really sloppy science.

    >They found that for the 249,167 total excess deaths in these 1,021 counties, there were 183,686 deaths directly assigned to COVID-19 on death certificates, and another 65,481 excess deaths not officially assigned to COVID-19. This means 26 percent of all excess deaths were not directly attributed to COVID-19—or viewed another way, that actual excess deaths were 36 percent higher than the number that has been officially attributed to COVID-19.

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