By Michael Thau @TheNatSent

Originally published at A Clearer Picture

Every day, you’re hearing an updated tally of the number of Americans who’ve “died” from COVID-19.



But if you want to understand a Chinese virus, you better start listening to a Chinese philosopher. As Confucius said:

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper names.

And, it’s time everyone wised up about those daily COVID-19 “fatality” reports. They don’t represent the number of people it’s killed. They represent the number of DEATH CERTIFICATES listing it as a cause. And those two things are most definitely NOT the same.



We know with absolute certainty that CDC guidelines mean people with mild cases who die of some unrelated disease get added to the virus’s death toll. And at least 80% of COVID-19 infections have symptoms way too mild to kill anyone. In fact, a lot of people have no symptoms at all.

We also know that people who AREN’T EVEN INFECTED are getting counted as fatalities.

The truth is that no one has any idea how many Americans COVID-19 has killed. Except that it’s got to be a lot fewer than the number being reported.

Item 1. If you die while infected with COVID-19, it gets listed as a cause on your death certificate, regardless of how mild it was or anything proving some other disease was the true culprit.

According to Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, Dr. Birx herself:

If someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that as a COVID-19 death.

The Task Force’s unofficial leader, Dr. Fauci says:

I can’t imagine if someone comes in with coronavirus, goes to an ICU, and they have an underlying heart condition and they die—they’re going to say, ‘Cause of death: heart attack.’ I cannot see that happening.

For whatever reason, the medical experts in charge have decided on guidelines that are bound to add a lot of people who would have died of some other disease anyway to COVID-19’s death tally.

Dying WITH the virus is being intentionally conflated with dying FROM it.

As is dying without it:

Item 2. The CDC is EXPLICITLY directing doctors to list COVID-19 on death certificates even WHEN NO TEST WAS DONE as long as they’ve “assumed” the patient had it.

A March 24 Q&A style memo from the CDC instructing doctors on how to fill out death certificates is explicit about it:

Should “COVID-19” be reported on the death certificate only with a confirmed test?
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.

No reason for the “assumption” is required. And the emphasis at the end isn’t mine, it’s the CDC’s. COVID-19 diagnoses are being encouraged, not just without a test, but without any medical justification.

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They’re also being rewarded:

Item 3. Hospitals will be reimbursed for treating any uninsured patients they diagnose with COVID-19. Medicare will also pay out more if the COVID-19 box is checked.

So, on top of directives encouraging and even straightforwardly guaranteeing that many death certificates will falsely label COVID-19 as the cause, there are also enormous financial incentives to create more.

As Dr. Scott Jensen, told Laura Ingraham,  “If that COVID-19 patient goes on a ventilator, you get $39,000; three times as much. Nobody can tell me, after 35 years in the world of medicine, that sometimes those kinds of things [don’t have an] impact on what we do.”

In other words, when you incentivize something – whether it’s solar power, illegitimacy, or false medical diagnoses – you get more of it.

The question isn’t whether COVID-19’s fatality numbers are inflated. It’s by how much.

And the answer appears to be, “quite a lot”:

Item 4: Results of (i) mass testing in Chicago, (ii) analysis of virus strains from New York, and (iii) medical data from California ALL indicate that the spread of COVID-19 was well underway at least half a month before the repressive measures to contain it even began.

Italian scientists suspect the same is true there. Evidence from China suggests the virus started spreading at least three weeks before the date reported.

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The California data indicates COVID-19 had already surged in February. Why didn’t anyone notice a spike in deaths back when it actually began spreading? And what’s creating the present increase in death certificates listing COVID-19 as a cause? Even if it didn’t already peak weeks before we even started testing, our pathologically strict regime of social distancing ought to have slowed the growth of an already spreading pathogen.

Finally, some enlightening numbers:

An average of around 2000 Americans die in hospitals every day. More in March and early April. So, from March 13 to April 11, at least around 60,000 people should have died in hospitals from causes other than COVID-19.

You probably see where this is going.

Suppose the encouragement and financial incentives to label it a cause of death meant the virus got added on to just 1/6 of those normally occurring death certificates. Some of the deceased tested positive. Others were only “assumed” to have it. But they were all among the 60,000 people who would’ve died of other causes even if COVID-19 never existed. If it wound up listed as a cause in only 1/6 of those 60,000 normally occurring deaths, that would be enough to mean the real number of COVID-19 fatalities was around half the roughly 20,000 reported on April 12.

If 1/3 of the people who would have died of other causes anyway wound up with COVID-19 on their death certificates, that would be enough to account for roughly EVERY SINGLE DEATH CERTIFICATE listing COVID-19 as a cause.

We’ll likely never know how many Americans COVID-19 is really killing. Policies have been implemented that so blatantly inflate the numbers that it has to be intended. Moreover, absolutely no effort has been made to provide us with an answer to the only question that means anything:

How many more Americans are actually dying than would have passed away if the virus wasn’t a factor?

Not only don’t we know, nobody has any interest in helping us find out.

In fact, nobody seems interested in finding out themselves. It doesn’t even look like real data is being compiled. Dr. Fauci and the other medical bureaucrats in charge are content to make sure the numbers are exaggerated as much as possible. They don’t appear to have ANY INTEREST AT ALL in determining how many Americans COVID-19 is actually killing.

But we do know that death certificates are inflating COVID-19’s true death toll. Just like that nonsense we were told in the beginning that it was “34 times” more deadly than the flu. Even Dr. Fauci now quietly says their fatality rates are exactly the same. And just like both the computer models that predicted catastrophe and were quickly proven worthless.

Moreover, a huge chunk of death certificates must be falsely listing COVID-19 as a cause of death if, as appears to be the case, the virus was spreading a month before we started doing any testing without anyone noticing an unusual number of bodies piling up.



The COVID-19 death tallies we’re seeing are really DEATH CERTIFICATE tallies and we’ve no reason to trust them. But we’ve every reason to think they’ve got to be significantly exaggerating its deadliness. And there are enough hospital deaths from other causes every day that the directives and financial incentives encouraging false diagnoses only have to cause the virus to appear on a small percentage of ordinarily occurring death certificates to account for most of the fatalities currently attributed to COVID-19. In fact, as hard as it may be to fathom, it would be much more likely that no one has died of COVID-19 than that the numbers we’re getting don’t significantly over-represent those who have.

Exactly how much COVID-19’s deadliness is being exaggerated, though, is and likely always will be anyone’s guess. Dr. Faucy and Dr. Birx obviously prefer it that way. And, for some unfathomable reason, they’re the ones in charge.

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