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COVID-19: The Death Rate Is Going Up!

And the excuses continue.

You know that you get more positive tests for COVID-19 when you do more testing -- duh! The way to fix that issue is to do less testing, or at least in the minds of some.

People have said it is not the testing rates of positive cases that matter, it is hospitalizations and deaths. That was just a few weeks ago when the number of coronavirus cases were surging. 

As predicted, following the Fourth of July weekend of parties and family gatherings (although general laxness in wearing masks contributes) the number of hospitalizations is way up in hot spots like Florida, Texas and Arizona. To the point that individual hospital ICU capabilities are beginning to be exceeded. This takes about two weeks to happen.

Add another two weeks and deaths will start to shoot up, passing 1,100 yesterday for the first time since the end of May. I'm betting that it will easily be the average, if not more, for the next few weeks as people who were admitted to the hospital, then ICU and then put on a ventilator then die.

To "attack" the number of deaths in the nation, the new rationale is that these people didn't die from COVID-19, they died from diabetes, hypertension, autoimmune diseases that they already had when then contracted the coronavirus. This type of thinking helps certain individuals feel better about how things are going in the United States. The fake media is, once again, exaggerating the impacts of the disease, first with testing and now with the number of deaths. 

The next numbers to be debated in the months ahead by those who espouse the two alternative lines of thinking on testing and deaths, will be vote totals in November. 

 

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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