Saturday, March 19, 2022

This is Major News About COVID-19 Deaths; 7% Reduction in Deaths

3/11/22 The Guardian:
This article was amended on 17 March 2022. An earlier version – headlined One-third of all US child Covid deaths occurred during Omicron – was based on data in the CDC’s Covid tracker. Citing a coding error, the agency corrected the figures on 15 March, reducing death tallies in all age groups.

Other reports tell us something that seems to not be in the official death count web page3/18/22 Washington Examiner:

CDC spokeswoman Jasmine Reed told the Washington Examiner the agency's algorithm was accidentally counting non-COVID-related deaths in the data tracker.

"An adjustment was made to COVID Data Tracker’s mortality data on March 14 involving the removal of 72,277 - including 416 pediatric deaths - deaths previously reported across 26 states because CDC’s algorithm was accidentally counting deaths that were not COVID-19-related," Reed said. "Working with near real-time data in an emergency is critical to guide decision-making, but may also mean we often have incomplete information when data are first reported."

3/18/22 Reuters:

March 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 966,575 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday after it corrected the data earlier this week, which reduced the death tallies in all age-groups, including children.

The health agency, in a statement to Reuters, said it made adjustments to its COVID Data Tracker's mortality data on March 14 because its algorithm was accidentally counting deaths that were not COVID-19-related. 

The adjustment resulted in removal of 72,277 deaths previously reported across 26 states, including 416 pediatric deaths, CDC said. 

That still leaves a lot of deaths, but it does not instill confidence in the data from which much of our policy derives.

Curiously, only five reports on this in of which only two are mainstream news organizations, one Canadian.  This would seem a big news story, if journalists were (I don't know) journalists. 


  1. This illustrates the problem of someone being hospitalized and dying BECAUSE of COVID, and someone being hospitalized WITH Covid.
    Just like William F. Buckley, Jr. noted the key distinction between pushing little old ladies INTO the paths of trains and pushing little old ladies AWAY from the paths of trains, this distinction is as key as someone going to the hospital WITH her husband vs going to the hospital BECAUSE OF her husband.
    Key distinctions lost on this, the most educated population in the world.

  2. All I can say is that in my hospital covid cases and deaths are WAY down. I work a small critical care unit with 8 beds. In December/January, 6-8 of those beds were covid patients. Now it is zero-2 on average for the last 3 weeks. It's wonderful. Our 20-bed ICU is running about the same numbers.

    1. I am glad to hear that. We are pretty much past it here. There are still signs in stores reminding the unvaccinated to wear masks and maintain social distancing,