The CDC Quietly Admits The Reality About Our COVID-19 Demise Toll
The official US death toll from COVID-19 was 160,000 in August 2020. Given the terrifying number, it’s hard to imagine that the numbers are less than the whole truth. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tacitly admitted in late August that only a small fraction of them were caused by COVID-19 as the only cause.
What is really going on and how can we stay safe?
The Truth About The COVID-19 Death Fee
The recently released data paints a very different picture than the mainstream media. For only six percent of deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For the other 94 percent of registered deaths, there were an average of 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death. In many of these, COVID-19 may not have been the true cause of death. If the underlying conditions only helped make the infection fatal, we can see who is susceptible and find better ways to stay healthy.
Some underlying diseases were more common than others. Over 35,000 had hypertensive disease and more than 18,000 had ischemic heart disease. Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia has been registered in over 23,000 people; Almost 26,000 had diabetes; and nearly 14,000 had chronic lower respiratory diseases. Three quarters of the deaths also occurred in patients over 65 years of age.
In fact, the average age of death from COVID-19 is 75.5 years, which is three years below the average life expectancy in the United States. In contrast, 80 percent of the 2009-10 swine flu pandemic deaths were among people under 65.
The CDC numbers are similar to data from Italy, where 99 percent of patients whose deaths were recorded as COVID-19 had underlying illnesses. Almost half had three or more chronic diseases. Three quarters had high blood pressure, one third had heart disease, and 35 percent had diabetes.
The UK also raised concerns about the official death toll from COVID-19. An investigation opened on July 17 after it was found that many deaths outside of the hospital were from people who had recovered weeks or months earlier. Even if they died in a car accident, anyone who previously tested positive was automatically counted as a COVID-19 death.
How many people were really exposed to the coronavirus?
Deaths from other causes may not be the only cause of inflated mortality statistics. Professor John Ioannidis, an expert in epidemiology, says the death toll from COVID-19 is likely to be exaggerated by undetected infections:
The data collected so far on how many people are infected and how the epidemic is developing are completely unreliable. Given the limited testing so far, some deaths and likely the vast majority of infections due to SARS-CoV-2 will be overlooked. We don’t know whether we can’t capture infections by a factor of three or 300.
This evidence fiasco creates tremendous uncertainty about the risk of dying from COVID-19. Reported deaths, like the World Health Organization’s official 3.4 percent rate, cause horror – and are meaningless. Patients who have been tested for SARS-CoV-2 are disproportionately high in those with severe symptoms and poor results. Since most health systems have limited testing capacity, the selection bias may even worsen in the near future.
More than counted
Back in April, Ioannidis noted a much lower death rate on the Diamond Princess, with 19 percent of passengers infected. One percent of infected passengers died in a population that tended towards older age groups.
In an interview in June, he mentions studies that show that between five and 600 times as many people have antibodies against the coronavirus as stated in the official case statistics. Surveys in India have found the prevalence of antibodies is up to 57 percent, increasing the likelihood of herd immunity being achieved in some areas.
“The numbers are almost meaningless,” says Steve Goodman, professor of epidemiology at Stanford University. He adds that there are large numbers of people who have mild cases and probably wouldn’t seek tests. The rate of increase in positive results not only reflects the spread of the virus, but also more testing.
Some COVID-19 risk factors can even affect your chances of testing positive for the virus. A survey of teenagers and young adults found that vaping increased the risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19 by five times. Those who both smoke and vape are seven times more likely to get a diagnosis and nine times more likely to get tested. These numbers were determined by their location and socio-economic status. Both affect exposure to the virus and social distancing ability.
Natural Remedies For COVID-19 Risk Factors
Why are high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases often associated with severe COVID-19 infections?
ACE inhibitors are commonly prescribed to people with these conditions. These increase the expression of the ACE-2 receptors with which the coronavirus penetrates cells. Rolling out the welcome mat can essentially lead to a more severe infection. Fortunately, there are many natural alternatives that can help normalize blood pressure and support overall cardiovascular health.
The DASH diet
The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) has been a method that has been used for many years. It’s high in vegetables, fruits, nuts, and low-fat milk while being low in refined carbohydrates, sugar, cholesterol, and red meat.
The high fiber and potassium content contribute significantly to its benefits. A study combining the DASH diet with exercise three times a week, along with a cognitive weight loss intervention, found a decrease in systolic blood pressure of 16.1 mmHg and an average weight of 19.2 pounds.
Magnesium can help you by improving blood vessel function and possibly reducing inflammation. An analysis of seven studies found that magnesium supplementation can lower systolic blood pressure by about 18.7 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure by 10.9 mmHg.
In people with diabetes and cardiovascular disease, there is an association between low magnesium levels and high blood sugar, and tissue damage from unabsorbed sugar.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is used for cellular energy production to protect the heart and relieve high blood pressure. A review of CoQ10 supplementation found an average drop in systolic blood pressure of 11 mmHg and 7 mmHg for diastolic blood pressure.
In addition, a clinical study of 74 diabetics found reductions in glycated hemoglobin, a measure of tissue damage caused by unabsorbed sugar, and blood pressure.
Curcumin, the most researched phytochemical in turmeric, can also protect metabolic health. A clinical study of 240 people with prediabetes found that none of the curcumin-treated groups developed diabetes over a nine-month period.
One in six people in the placebo group was diagnosed with type II diabetes during this time. The curcumin group also showed improved insulin sensitivity. It also improved beta cell function, which is the type of pancreatic cell that makes insulin.
Risk factors are important
The COVID-19 death toll looks terrible on paper, but hides a more complex picture beneath the big numbers. Some people had underlying illnesses and died from other reasons. By recognizing COVID-19 risk factors, we can take the steps to be responsible for our health. The truth doesn’t make any of these deaths any less tragic. Instead, the truth tells how our overall health affects our susceptibility to infection.
Alexandra Preston is an Australian naturopath who is passionate about empowering others to take responsibility for their health and heal the planet. Her particular interest in natural health is anti-aging. She also loves the beach and is a semi-professional dancer.
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