‘Chaotic’ reporting during pandemic casts doubts on accuracy of many UK Covid-19 deaths: report

As COVID emergency statuses roll back, records from the pandemic are receiving long overdue scrutiny and proving doctors were following governing bodies to guide them rather than sound medical judgement.

Wild inconsistencies were found throughout the myriad hospitals systems in Britain alone, raising concern that an accurate count of deaths caused by COVID will never truly be reported, according to the Daily Mail. An analysis compiled by the University of Oxford along with the charity organization Collateral Global revealed these flaws.

Freedom of Information requests provided the team with 800 responses from various medical institutions and senior living facilities that demonstrated 14 different ways to describe the nature of COVID as it related to a specific death. They included “underlying COVID,” “involving COVID,” “due to COVID” and even “died within” a set number of days of a positive test.

Professor Carl Heneghan, epidemiologist and director of the University of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, stated, “If every health body is using a different definition, how do we know whether COVID has directly caused the death or if it was something else that was underlying?”

No matter the distinction, each of these was included in the overall tally of COVID deaths in Britain. Further investigation showed that some death certificates were marked with COVID without any test being performed. Doctors had examined patients via video conference to tell them that they had the virus based on their symptoms.

Worse than that, in some cases doctors had even examined corpses by video conference to declare that they had died from COVID.

Similarly to the manner these records were kept in the United States, Public Health England, which is now-defunct, counted any death where the individual had at some point been diagnosed with the virus as a COVID death. Duration of time since the infection was of no consequence.

That system was discontinued with the closure of Public Health England and replaced by the UK Health Security Agency that required a positive test within 28 days to be included in the pandemic death count.

The failsafe of this system was meant to be the pooling of data with the Office of National Statistics that provided the number of death certificates that listed COVID as cause in their records. However, Collateral Global found this data to be suspect, not only because of the various ways that the virus was attributed as cause, but because of the number of certificates that listed no secondary reason.

The vast majority of people who have succumbed to the virus had multiple underlying conditions. It is widely accepted that healthy individuals face no serious statistical danger from COVID. According to the Office for National Statistics data, 1,500 cases from eight different hospitals listed only the virus on the death certificate.

Professor Tom Jefferson, another epidemiologist who co-authored the study, called this entirely “implausible” and asserted that “we can’t trust what is written on” those certificates.”

These reports don’t event get into the wildly inaccurate reports where patients with traumatic injuries who died from blood loss were recorded as COVID deaths.

Heneghan stated, “Nobody was checking any of these deaths properly. You could just put COVID on the certificate and no one asked questions about it.”

He further went on to suggest that, “We should take a sample of deaths that had COVID written on the certificate and try to validate the accuracy” through some form of forensic analysis.

Whether or not the accurate numbers will be presented, it seems fairly clear that the misreporting that has happened in health systems across the globe, was done by design as each governing body was following a specific response plan.

Our own CDC has admitted to selectively releasing data in order to “avoid misinterpretation” and give the wrong impression about vaccine effectiveness. Now, as emergency measures are rolled back because of political pressures, some have suggested those in charge are reluctant to give up the authorities the emergency had granted them.

COVID deaths have not suddenly stopped in the United States, but the widespread reporting has. Everyone’s focus is on the invasion of Ukraine, and Congress is passing sweeping legislation to the tune of $1.5 trillion as a response. The timing is a little more than coincidental.


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