Cable news stations have been displaying a running coronavirus death tracker on their networks for months now. It’s become a kind of perverse scoreboard that instills more anxiety in viewers and draws more eyes to the major networks. According to their statistics, the American death toll from COVID-19 is expected to surpass 100,000 by June 1. If those predictions are true, then people have good reason to be worried.

But according to new information, those numbers are greatly inflated and massively misleading.

A deeper dive into the REAL cause of death for many deceased patients included in COVID-19 stats paints a very different picture. CDC guidelines dictate that, when recording statistics, the death of a COVID-19 patient should be attributed to the virus, regardless of whether the virus was actually responsible for their passing or not.

Many of the deceased were elderly and had underlying health issues. These factors, which have nothing to do with the virus, are more than likely the true cause of death. However, the government classifies all these deaths as being caused by COVID-19, providing a significantly inflated number.

This is absolutely absurd.

On May 4th in Colorado, a 35-year old man was found dead from alcohol poisoning. The man’s blood-alcohol level was .55, which far surpassed the .3 level that will kill a person. However, the man’s death was classified as death from COVID-19 because he tested positive for the virus prior to his death.

This reporting was so outlandish bad that local health officials chimed in to provide the proper context.

“‘COVID was not listed on the death certificate as the cause of death. I disagree with the state for listing it as a COVID death, and will be discussing it with them this week,” said County Coroner George Deavers last Tuesday.

“‘The person who died did not die from COVID-19, but they did test positive for the virus,” said county public information officer Vicki Shaffer. “The state is reporting that death as a COVID death, but our health department wanted to let people know that even though the person did have the virus, they did not die from it.’”

Here are few other examples of faulty COVID-19 death reports as provided by John Fund at National Review:

“In April a 37-year-old California man ‘died as a result of a drug overdose while infected with COVID-19, a significant contributing condition, according to county spokeswoman Ashley Bautista, per the Ventura County Star.

Last week, there was the entry in the Cook County, Ill., medical-examiner ledger: “Complications of opiate (probably heroin) toxicity. Novel corona (COVID-19) virus, end-stage renal disease, hypertension, ACCIDENT.”

There was the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania man who slipped and fell at home. The coroner said, according to LehighValleyLive.com: “The primary cause of the man’s death was a head injury from a fall at home, but . . . the virus was listed as a contributing factor to his death.”

In Georgia, a 22-year old was classified as dying from coronavirus, however, Buddy Bryan, the county coroner disagrees with that diagnosis. WVTM in Georgia reported that “The youngest person on the Georgia Department of Public Health’s database to die from COVID-19 is 22-year-old Sha’rika Wilson in Muscogee County.

“She’s on the list as the youngest to die and I guess it’s because she did test positive, but, to me, they shouldn’t state she died from the virus because at this point we don’t know that,” Bryan said. “I don’t think she did.”

 

Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx believes that the CDC has inflated the death totals from coronavirus by as much as 25%. Hospitals are incentivized to list patients as having COVID-19 because they get paid more from Medicare for doing so.

USA Today fact checked this claim and found it to be true. They wrote, “We rate the claim that hospitals get paid more if patients are listed as COVID-19 and on ventilators as TRUE.

Hospitals and doctors do get paid more for Medicare patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or if it’s considered presumed they have COVID-19 absent a laboratory-confirmed test, and three times more if the patients are placed on a ventilator to cover the cost of care and loss of business resulting from a shift in focus to treat COVID-19 cases.”

Moral of the story: Don’t believe the inflated coronavirus death totals that are being reported in the press. The media is incapable of thinking beyond its own agenda, and they just accept the numbers as gospel without confirming that the causes of deaths were actually caused by the coronavirus.

Sadly, mass hysteria sells.

But the American people need to make it clear that we’re not buying.