The CDC is currently following WHO guidelines for counting Covid-19 deaths, which seem. designed to inflate the numbers. The CDC does not actually claim that 200K people were “killed” by Covid-19 during 2020, but that Covid-19 was “involved”. That is, they died with Covid-19, but Covid-19 was often not the cause of death. The CDC does not make the situation too clear, but it is the alarmist media that really misrepresents the numbers.
On their “provisional counts” webpage (updated 10/7/2020), they report about 199K deaths “involving” Covid-19. The CDC is following guidelines from WHO to count every death with Covid-19 as a Covid-19 death, if they have “compatible” secondary illnesses.
Under the column of “Deaths involving Covid-19 and pneumonia, excluding influenza” the total number is 89K. This is less than half the cases of deaths “involving” Covid-19, which the media promotes as the number of deaths due to Covid-19. It would seem that, if the patient did not develop the Covid-19 pneumonia, that it is very likely that Covid-19 did not kill that person.
Our yellow, politically-biased media presents these deaths as being due to Covid, when probably most of them aren’t. This has terrorized the public and made possible the Orwellian restrictions on personal liberty.
From what we have seen in the media, the expected progression of a fatal case is that you have trouble breathing, go to the hospital, develop Covid-19 pneumonia, are put on a ventilator and then you die. According to these numbers, most people counted do not die of the Wuhan pneumonia, but for some other reason and are counted as Covid-19 deaths. They just happen to test positive for the Covid bug.
Trump has withdrawn the US from WHO, because he believes the organization is corrupt. Why are we still following political, self-serving guidelines from WHO that greatly inflate the numbers? If he is re-elected, Trump should make it a priority to issue an executive order to stop CDC from following the WHO guidelines and to be more exact in their estimate of deaths due to Covid-19, not just mindlessly count every death with Covid-19 as a Covid-caused death.
The table of numbers of Covid-19 deaths is on page 2 of the document below.
WHO Guidelines state that anyone who dies with an active Covid-19 infection should be counted as a “Covid-19 death”. This is interpreted by many as a death due to Covid-19, when it is often a death with Covid-19.
The guidelines state only that, when the death is clearly due to physical trauma, such as a murder or vehicle accident, it should not be counted as a Covid-19 death.
Without autopsies, no one can really know for sure how may people died from Covid-19. However, an educated judgment could be made. Covid-19 could be informally ruled out as the cause of death in many cases, but the WHO instructions do not allow that.
Some countries may not follow WHO guidelines in identifying Covid-19 deaths. This can be part of the reason there is so much variation in the rates of deaths among different countries. They try to count more accurately the number of deaths due to Covid-19 or even cook the numbers to make their country look better. The mortality rate in different countries can also vary due to social factors.
The paragraph below comes from this linked WHO document:
WHO Guidelines For Classification Of Covid-19 As Cause Of Death
The idea that 200K people have died due to Covid-19 appears to be a massive fraud.
COMPARISON TO THE FLU
The director of the CDC, Dr. Robert Redfield, told the Associated Press that there were 80,000 deaths due to the flu in 2017-2018. If this is true and using the standard that only Covid-19 deaths with Covid-19 pneumonia count, only slightly more people died of the Covid-19 pneumonia in the 2020 season (Oct 2019 -September 2020) than in the worst recent flu season on record. However, who would be surprised if Dr. Redfield exaggerates the number of flu deaths, also?
When making the comparison, keep in mind also that there are vaccines for the various strains of the flu, but no vaccine yet for Covid-19. Vaccines for Covid-19 are likely to be just as ineffective as flu vaccines, because corona viruses are similar to the flu virus, a rapidly mutating RNA virus.