Skip to comments.Daily covid death count could be scrapped ( United Kingdom )
Posted on 08/10/2020 5:09:48 AM PDT by george76
A review will examine reports that officials were "over-exaggerating the number of deaths from coronavirus.
The official Covid-19 daily death toll may never be brought back following an investigation into Public Health England's method of counting it, the Telegraph understands.
The conclusions of the review, which was ordered by Matt Hancock after it emerged officials were "over-exaggerating deaths from the virus, are expected this week.
One expected recommendation would be to stop daily reporting altogether and move to a weekly official death toll instead
a significant proportion of the daily out-of-hospital death toll relates to patients who recovered from the virus weeks or months earlier.
Under the previous system, anyone who has ever tested positive for the virus in England was automatically counted as a coronavirus death when they died, even if the death was from a car accident.
By contrast, Scotland and Wales operate a cut-off threshold of 28 days after a positive test, after which a death is not assumed to be virus-related.
Prof Carl Heneghan, director at Oxford's Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, has called for a cut-off period for the way the death toll is calculated in England of 21 days.
PHE had defended its previous approach saying there is "no World Health Organisation-agreed method" for recording deaths from coronavirus.
Dr Susan Hopkins, PHEs incident director, has said: "Although it may seem straightforward, there is no WHO agreed method of counting deaths from Covid-19. In England, we count all those that have died who had a positive Covid-19 test at any point,
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Without a doctor even seeing the body, and based on no more than the opinion of care home staff with neither the equipment nor the training required to arrive at such a conclusion.
It wasn’t the cough that carried him off
It was the coffin they carried him off in
Of course, today, if you suffocate in your casket, it’s a COVID death.
Exaggerating deaths is acceptable, I guess, as long as the dopes do not “over-exaggerate.”
How about publishing ‘Daily “Cures”?’
And if it could happen there...
So, not just exaggeration but over-exaggeration. Well, at least they didn’t super-over-exaggerate. That would be bad.
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