We are OVERCOUNTING COVID deaths and hospitalizations

… According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States is experiencing around 400 covid deaths every day

… there would be nearly 150,000 deaths a year

… are these Americans dying from covid or with covid?

… the number of deaths attributed to covid is far greater than the actual number of people dying from covid

… 90 percent of patients diagnosed with covid are actually in the hospital for some other illness

… “Since every hospitalized patient gets tested for covid, many are incidentally positive,”

… “A gunshot victim or someone who had a heart attack, for example”

… “People who have very low white blood cell counts from chemotherapy”

… “They may also have covid, but covid is not the main reason why they’re so sick.”

… the coronavirus was not the primary contributor to their death and often played no role at all

… If someone who tested positive didn’t receive dexamethasone during their inpatient stay, they were probably in the hospital for a different cause

… changing its hospitalization reporting a year ago

… to include both total hospitalizations with covid and those that received dexamethasone

… During some days, she said, the proportion of those hospitalized because of covid were as low as 10 percent of the total number reported

… knowing who exactly is dying from covid can help us identify who is truly vulnerable

… These are the patients we need to protect through better vaccines and treatments