Coronavirus probably killed 28% MORE Americans than was counted in the official death toll, the study says
The official coronavirus death toll in the U.S. is much lower than the actual death toll, a new study suggests.
Between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020, approximately 95,235 deaths were attributed to COVID-19, the virus-caused disease.
Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health found that fatalities this year were about 122,000 higher than in recent years, which is about
Of those deaths, more than 95,000 were attributed to COVID-19, the highly contagious disease caused by the virus.
This means that the deaths were 28 percent higher than the official count and that suggests health officials missed up to 27,000 additional deaths from the virus in late May.
The team also found that in New York City, more than three times as many people died as normal over the three-month period, with only 26 percent not attributed to COVID-19.
Between March 1, 2020 and May 30, 2020, 95,235 deaths were attributed to COVID-19, the virus-caused disease. Pictured: Dead bodies are loaded onto a truck outside the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City on March 31
The number of ‘excess’ deaths from any cause was 122,300 (gray), about 28 percent higher than the official number of coronavirus deaths
Excess deaths are defined as more than the number of people who would have died anyway – the typical mortality rate of a population.
“Our analyzes suggest that the official count of deaths from COVID-19 represents a substantial number of the actual burden,” said lead author Dr. Dan Weinberger, an epidemiologist at the Yale School of Public Health. CNBC.
For the study, published in JAMA Internal medicine, the team analyzed all causes of death between March 1 and May 30, 2020, using data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
Then, researchers compared the numbers to deaths that occurred in the same period in previous years.
They found that a total of 781,000 Americans died from all causes during the three-month period, about 19 percent higher than what’s normally seen.
For example, in New York, an estimated 13,000 residents die between March 1 and May 30.
However, during this period in 2020, officials registered 38,170, about three times as many deaths as usual.
Only a quarter of these deaths, 26 percent
Between those months, 95,235 deaths across the country had been associated with coronavirus.
However, based on death calculations, compared to previous years, 122,300 deaths occurred during this period, about 28 percent higher than in the official country.
This means that health officials likely missed 27,000 deaths from the virus, making the death toll much higher than previously believed.
There are some limitations to the study. One is that no total death data was available in a few states, including Connecticut and North Carolina.
In addition, the authors modified their model to account for delays in reporting deaths and unconfirmed cases.
Weinberger said Gizmodo there may be other causes behind the increase in deaths, such as people who did not seek emergency medical care for fear of getting COVID-19 in the emergency room.
However, he believed that the virus itself was the main cause.
“There are certainly more deaths from heart attacks, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and some of these may be related to avoiding emergency health care,” he told the website.
“I think the increases related to lockdown measures are small compared to the increases directly caused by COVID-19.
“A number of states that implemented lockdown measures but had minor epidemics of COVID-19 in March-May had little death.”