A physician from Minnesota claimed this week that federal officials are encouraging medical officials to incorrectly attribute all related deaths to COVID-19, even in cases where the coronavirus clearly played a minimal (if any) role in the deceased’s passage.
As evidence, Dr. Scott Jensen, MD, who also happens to be a Republican member of the Minnesota Senate, cited a “guidance” issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System (NVSS).
“Last Friday I received a 7-page document that told me if I had an 86-year-old patient that had pneumonia but was never tested for COVID-19, but some time after she came down with pneumonia we learned that she had been exposed to her son who had no symptoms but later on was identified with COVID-19, then it would be appropriate to diagnose on the death certificate COVID-19,” he explained in an interview with station KXJB.
SHOCKING: MN Sen & Dr. @drscottjensen said that he received a 7 pg doc from @mnhealth to fill out death certificates with a diagnosis of #COVID-19 whether the person actually died from COVID-19 or not.
— Chris Berg (@chrisbergPOVNOW) April 8, 2020
He added that his office has refused to abide by this guidance because it’s not right.
“Now, we’ve not done that,” he said. “If someone has pneumonia and its in the middle of a flu epidemic and I don’t have a test on influenza, I don’t diagnose influenza on the death certificate. I will say this elderly patient died of pneumonia.”
“I went to the person at our office who does most of the death certificates over the last 10, 20 years, and I said, ‘Does this sound right?'” he continued. “And I had her look at the documents I had printed off, and she said, ‘Well, we’ve always been told that you always put down just facts. you don’t put any probabilities. You don’t put any presumptions down. It’s just what you know.'”
“So this is concerning. … when we start talking about the data that goes into the modeling, we have to ask ourselves a question: Are we being forthright? Are we sharing with the public? Minnesota, North Dakota, we don’t need to be having it sugarcoated. We want to know what’s going into your model.”
View the guidance below:
In another interview, this one with station KVLY, he cautioned the public against succumbing to fear-mongering.
“I worry about that sometimes we’re so darn interested in jazzing up the fear factor that sometimes people’s ability to think for themselves is paralyzed if they’re frightened enough,” he said.
“I know that I’ve talked with nursing staff who have been involved with people who have passed away that either had living wills or were on hospice care and in some of those situations, I’ve been led to believe that there may have been a COVID-19 diagnosis included on the death certificate document without having had a COVID-19 confirmed laboratory test.”
The implications of Jensen’s observations are paramount, particularly in light of new data sets suggesting that the death rates are being attributed to the global coronavirus pandemic have been greatly exaggerated.
Listen to his second interview below (disable your adblocker if the video doesn’t appear):
In a piece for The Wall Street Journal published late last month, Drs. Eran Bendavid and Jay Bhattacharya from Stanford University opined that current estimates are “deeply flawed” because they don’t differentiate between those who died specifically because of the coronavirus and those who simply tested positive for the virus.
And like Jensen, the duo also warned of undue fear.
“Fear of Covid-19 is based on its high estimated case fatality rate—2% to 4% of people with confirmed Covid-19 have died, according to the World Health Organization and others,” they wrote.
“So if 100 million Americans ultimately get the disease, two million to four million could die. We believe that estimate is deeply flawed. The true fatality rate is the portion of those infected who die, not the deaths from identified positive cases.”
Data sets and observations such as these have led some to theorize that coronavirus death rates are being inflated because of poor classification.
Very informative thread. Explains why NY’s Covid 19 fatality numbers are inflated. They dont’t distinguish between those who die with the disease and those who die from it. https://t.co/Hbdud2ppSI
— Brit Hume (@brithume) April 1, 2020
Fox anchor Harris Faulkner is joining the chorus of Fox figures suggesting perhaps the coronavirus death toll is over-inflated
Fox anchor: “How many of those people had other risks at play and maybe, in fact, it wasn’t COVID-19 that caused their death.” pic.twitter.com/7Cs1K4ryeT
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) April 8, 2020
Here is Dr. Birx saying that the government is recording anyone who dies with coronavirus in the United States, regardless of any other health issue, as a death from coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/p2nIhH4bHP
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) April 7, 2020
Of course, to hear the propagandists at CNN and The Washington Post tell it, any such notions are conspiratorial in nature.
“Some of the biggest names in right-wing media are questioning the official Covid-19 death toll. Indeed, they’re suggesting the numbers might be inflated in an effort to paint President Trump and/or the crisis in the worst possible light,” CNN reported Tuesday.
The far-left network’s report contained no mentions of the guidance issue to Dr. Jensen or the analysis of Drs. Bendavid and Bhattacharya, presumably because CNN’s non-doctors think they know better than the actual experts. #ThisIsCNN.
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