“The case definition is very simplistic,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of Illinois Department of Public Health, explains. “It means, at the time of death, it was a COVID positive diagnosis. That means, that if you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live, and then you also were found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death. It means, technically even if you died of [a] clear alternative cause, but you had COVID at the same time, it’s still listed as a COVID death.”
Medical examiners from Colorado to Michigan use the same definition Ezike described. In Macomb and Oakland Counties in Michigan, where most of the deaths in that state occurred, medical examiners classify any death as a coronavirus death when the postmortem test is positive. Even people who died in suicides and automobile accidents meet that definition.
The number of cases is also greatly exaggerated, with many states counting the number of positive tests rather than the number of individuals with the virus. In July, CovidTracking.com found that about half the states were reporting “tests in units of specimens (tests) rather than individuals (people tested).” This is a problem because, if someone is in the hospital for a couple of weeks, he or she might be tested daily.
One of the co-authors is the Governor of the College of American Pathologists, which accredits laboratories and establishes best practices in the field.
In my County, at least 8 of the 15 deaths (as of summer of 2020) credited to Covid-19 were of in-patients receiving hospice care prior to their death. Let that sink in for a bit. Yet our state’s public health director called their deaths “preventable”.
My state classified persons with influenza-like symptoms and negative Covid test results – and no known contact with exposed persons – as Covid-19 deaths. In one case a family had to hire a private autopsy and send tissue samples to the CDC to prove to the state that the individual did not die of Covid-19; the CDC agreed there was no evidence of Covid-19.
And you wonder why no believes anything from public health? As documented, they do not even believe their own policies, rules and regulations and routinely flaunt them.