We are past the worst of COVID-19. I have been following the numbers and, IMHO, we have passed the peak (or soon to pass the peak) of this illness and are on the downside. Unfortunately, there will still be more deaths as we still have many infected.
Last week in the office, I could sense the fear level lowering among my staff and patients. That is a good thing. Our natural fear level was much too high for COVID. This was being driven by the media who refused to share any good news about this epidemic and continually fanned the flames by promoting their doomsday predictions.
Recall that the original models predicted 1-2 million deaths. I told you that would not happen. Later, they lowered their predictions to 100-200,000. At that time, I predicted the numbers would be much lower. And, they are.
Limits to Medicine: Me... Best Price: $8.93 Buy New $13.03 (as of 03:19 EDT - Details) The COVID death numbers are, unfortunately, still climbing. But they will not reach 100,000. I don’t think the TRUE numbers will reach 50,000. Recall last week, the CDC stated that COVID can be a valid diagnosis of the death of someone whether there is positive testing or not for COVID. If the doctor suspects COVID is part of the reason why the patient died, COVID can and should be listed as the cause of death. That only serves to inflate the death numbers of COVID. I have a friend whose 95-year-old mother was hospitalized for COVID. On day two of the hospitalization, the patient died of a massive heart attack. Guess what the primary cause of death was listed on the death certificate? If you guessed COVID-19, you win the prize.
I saw reports from the MSM that COVID death rates will be under-reported due to COVID-suffering patients dying at home and not being given a proper diagnosis. That is pure FAKE NEWS! Everyone who dies is given a diagnosis—at home or in the hospital. The CDC has already given doctors the green light to give COVID diagnoses without proof that COVID was the actual cause of death. Because of this, COVID will be diagnosed as the cause of death far more than it should.
Why would the CDC tell doctors to diagnose a death as COVID when COVID may have not been the cause of death? Follow the money.
Hospitals receive more money—up to $13,000 from the Government for an admission diagnosis of COVID. If the COVID-diagnosed patient is ventilated, they receive up to $39,000. This was reported by Minnesota state Senator and physician Scott Jensen. (1) I can guarantee you that hospital administrators are running around telling every physician and resident physician to diagnosis COVID at the first cough or sneeze for every patient.
Furthermore, you can bet the CDC will be asking Congress for more money to research and develop a vaccine for COVID. They have every reason to inflate the death numbers.
Tragedy & Hope: A Hist... Best Price: $22.00 Buy New $23.49 (as of 07:15 EST - Details) And, there is more. The Government has a reason to increase the death numbers for COVID as the final numbers will be much lower than the original projections which were used to lock down our economy. The Government has to justify the policies it has implemented. If the numbers are too low, public outcry will begin.
Italy has been going through similar issues. A report by the Italian National Institute of Health stated, “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 […] On re-evaluation by the National Institute of Health, only 12 per cent of death certificates have shown a direct causality from coronavirus, while 88 per cent of patients who have died have at least one pre-morbidity – many had two or three.” This means that the cause of death for COVID-19 on death certificates in Italy have been artificially inflated by 88%! (2)
COVID is a very serious illness. I have had patients and friends become ill with it, some seriously ill. It is a pandemic. We treat COVID seriously. But, there is no reason to gin the numbers and be inaccurate on a death certificate. I was taught to be meticulous when putting the cause of death on a certificate. Now, the CDC says I don’t need accurate testing to diagnose COVID as the cause of death? WHAT NONSENSE!!!! The lack of testing is what got us into this mess in the first place and it looks to keep us in a future mess.