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NYC just decided that if you die and it looks sort of like maybe you had the virus, you must have died of the virus. What else was going on doesn't matter. Test? Don't bother.

This is a quite callous, and if I may say, ignorant statement.

The reality is that there has been an extreme shortage of test materials, and New York has been the epicenter of the outbreak. How epicenter? Remember all the talk about Italy and what a disaster that whole country has been? New York City alone has had more deaths than the entire country of Italy.

New York added about 3,000 deaths to the count a coup[le of days ago. The vast majority of those people died in hospitals in New York, but owing to the paucity of test equipment were diagnosed before they died but not tested after. In some cases they were intubated but died. In others they were awaiting a confirmation diagnosis but died. Some were in nursing homes, which were overwhelmed as the pandemic ran riot through the hallways, often thanks to communal dining and understaffed medical personnel.

One nursing home had a morgue capable of holding four bodies. When authorities went in (based on a tip from off-shift personnel) they found 17 bodies stacked up, one atop another. None were given a confirmation test, and originally none were counted. That was, at the time, the New York rule: only deaths withy a confirmed diagnosis would be counted. (That was also true in some other, but not all other cities. Sometimes the counts would vary from state to state, even county to county.)

The potters’ graveyards in New York are burying as many bodies in a day as they usually bury in a week.

There is, in extreme situations, usually an after-the-fact analysis of “excess deaths”, that is, a significantly higher number of deaths than might otherwise be expected. After a heat wave, for instance, a city might record a thousand more deaths than the same weeks in previous years, but since the bodies are collected by differing jurisdictions at different times from different homes, the statistics on the “heat wave deaths” might vary as “suspected” are added to the “confirmed.” This is likewise true of the Covid pandemic, the difficulty compounded by the fact that so many of the dead are elderly who have other complicating medical factors like COPD, diabetes, heart conditions, etc.

It’s hardly surprising that an event such as this, especially one where we were so ill prepared, should have some wiggle in the numbers. I suspect the stats that we are seeing are undercounted elsewhere and perhaps dramatically so.

Ajax: caused by taking the fabricated Covid-19 deaths seriously.

A real life friend of mind has lost her mother to the pandemic.

A Facebook friend is segregated from his wife. Confirmed diagnosis.

We bought a boat from a pastor in the next town in January. He was supposed to help us tow it from his marina to our dock in April except oops, he’s in the hospital. He was a day or two away from being intubated when he began to improve. Confirmed diagnosis. His wife is also confirmed, although asymptomatic. His mother is in critical condition, on a ventilator.

People who talk about this being “fabricated” are the lowest form of pond scum. Or perhaps even lower, if there is such a thing. And some people have to sit out for a month, collecting unemployment, perhaps reducing their savings account. How awful for them. Worse, I guess for the 35,000 dead, but maybe that’s just me.
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