By Jon Dougherty @TheNatSent
(TNS) When everything is said and done and it is no longer fashionable or feasible to continue scaring America to death while ruining our economy over ‘coronavirus,’ there should be some serious and substantial investigations into the origins of this nightmare.
And the first target of those investigations should be the ‘renowned’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because the agency has been empowered by someone, somewhere — and we have to look at the top for such decisions — to lie about COVID-19 death rates.
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We here at TNS have been skeptical about the severity of this pandemic since the get-go. While understanding that COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that we don’t yet know everything about, it’s not so wildly ravaging as to be a planet-killer, which should be obvious by now.
This isn’t to say that the virus doesn’t kill or sicken. Of course, it does. We’re not conspiracists.
But we are realists, and the facts on the ground do not match all the deadly hype we’ve been fed non-stop now for weeks.
As it turns out, the CDC has been purposely inflating coronavirus death rates for some, probably political, reason or objective. We can only speculate about the motives. But the agency itself admits as much, as noted by Matthew Vadum at American Thinker:
Can any government statistics on COVID-19 deaths be trusted?
It is an open question now that we are learning that the highly respected, world-class Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been lying to us.
He relies on two rock-solid sources to reach his conclusion, one of which is the CDC itself. The other: Dr. Annie Bukacek, MD, a “plainspoken” physician from Kalispell, Montana, of all places.
Regarding a March 24 CDC memo from Steven Schwartz, director of the Division of Vital Statistics for the National Center for Health Statistics, titled “COVID-19 Alert No. 2,” Bukacek says, “The assumption of COVID-19 death can be made even without testing. Based on assumption alone the death can be reported to the public as another COVID-19 casualty.”
As Vadum notes, there is a question-and-answer section on the memo.
One question is, “Will COVID-19 be the underlying cause?”
The answer: “The underlying cause depends upon what and where conditions are reported on the death certificate. However, the rules for coding and selection of the underlying cause of death are expected to result in COVID-19 being the underlying cause more often than not.”
Another question says, “Should ‘COVID-19’ be reported on the death certificate only with a confirmed test?”
Answer: “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.”
The boldfacing, Vadum reports, is in the original memo.
So, how do we get to such a place where it becomes this easy to falsify data, even in a national emergency situation where governors and mayors are relying on information from on-high when they issue orders to ‘stay at home’ and close down businesses, the life-blood of our economy and, certainly, of the Americans who own them?
Bukacek explains that it all comes down to speculation:
Few people know how much individual power and leeway is given to the physician, coroner, or medical examiner, signing the death certificate. How do I know this? I’ve been filling out death certificates for over 30 years.
More often than we want to admit, we don’t know with certainty the cause of death when we fill out death certificates. That is just life. We are doctors, not God. Autopsies are rarely performed and even when an autopsy is done the actual cause of death is not always clear.
Physicians make their best guesstimate and fill out the form. Then that listed cause of death … is entered into a vital records data bank to use for statistical analysis, which then gives out inaccurate numbers, as you can imagine. Those inaccurate numbers then become accepted as factual information even though much of it is false.
Next, she factors in coronavirus:
So even before we heard of COVID-19, death certificates were based on assumptions and educated guesses that go unquestioned. When it comes to COVID-19 there is the additional data skewer, that is –get this— there is no universal definition of COVID-19 death. The Centers for Disease Control, updated from yesterday, April 4th, still states that mortality, quote-unquote, data includes both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. That’s from their website.
Translation? 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.
Prior to COVID-19, people were more likely to get an accurate cause of death written on their death certificate if they died in the hospital. Why more accurate when a patient dies in the hospital? Because hospital staff has physical examination findings labs, radiologic studies, et cetera, to make a good educated guess. It is estimated that 60 percent of people die in the hospital. But even [with] those in-hospital deaths, the cause of death is not always clear, especially in someone with multiple health conditions, each of which could cause the death.
Ultimately, this matters because of the response of governors and mayors, some of whom have shut down their states and cities well into June (Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph “Blackface” Northam, we’re looking at you).
Thus, everyone should care “today when governments are making massive changes that affect our constitutional rights and those changes are based on inaccurate statistics,” Bukacek said.
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For some reason we’ve yet to be told, the CDC and various government officials have petrified much of the country while over-estimating COVID-19 deaths. We need to know why.
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