So today the Massachusetts Department of Health issued a press release stating the following (my caps):
“Beginning Monday, March 14, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) will UPDATE THE CRITERIA used for identifying COVID-19 deaths…Currently, the COVID death definition includes ANYONE who has COVID listed as a cause of death on their death certificate, and ANY INDIVIDUAL who has had a COVID-19 diagnosis within 60 days BUT DOES NOT HAVE COVID listed as a cause of death on their death certificate…”
Now we’ve been through this before; several locales have over the past two years “adjusted” their mortality counts because they had been including deaths that were clearly not legitimate COVID deaths. But those who "knew" how bad this thing was would have none of that - if anything, we were UNDERCOUNTING deaths!! Now as this thing winds down, we will probably see a lot more of this type of "revision", especially while we’re all distracted with some other shiny thing…hey, is that Putin?
The release continues “Massachusetts has applied this NEW definition retroactively to the start of the pandemic in March 2020. As a result, 4,081 DEATHS in Massachusetts that were previously counted as associated with COVID WILL BE REMOVED.”
Those 4,100 hundred deaths account for about 15% of all Massachusetts COVID deaths. And the COVID death count is almost certainly still too high as “To avoid the possibility of missing any COVID-associated death, ANYONE who tested positive for COVID and died was counted as a COVID-associated death REGARDLESS of the length of time between their diagnosis and their death or WHETHER COVID WAS LISTED as the cause on their death certificate. This approach was overly broad and led to an OVERCOUNTING of COVID-19-associated deaths...The updated definition reduces this timeframe from 60 days to 30 DAYS for individuals WITHOUT a COVID diagnosis on their death certificate…”
So if you had a positive test (and remember, a positive test does not a "case" make) 30 days prior, and then drop dead from a heart attack or get hit by a car or die of cancer in hospice, you’re STILL counted as a COVID death. Say remember when I told you that Kary Mullis, the Nobel Prize winning chemist who single-handedly developed the PCR test said a positive test DOES NOT MEAN you're sick; that it actually doesn't tell you anything; and how he called Fauci an idiot and a liar? Good times. So you could "test positive", be completely asymptomatic (as tens of millions of Americans were and are), die for some reason, and presto-chango, you're a COVID death. Are we still pretending this is what we’re calling “science” in 2022? Guess so. And what the hell EXACTLY is a "COVID-associated" death?
So for all of those out there who spent the last two years calling all of us in here all kinds of names because we suggested the death count was overblown (and it is way overblown), an apology would be nice. No? I guess not. By the way, as I have noted several times before, the CDC still lists about 16,000 violent deaths and 25,000 hospice deaths as COVID deaths, because, you know…science.
It’s also important to remember that out of the almost 1,000,000 deaths listed as COVID deaths, almost none of them; perhaps actually none of them, occurred in healthy people. That is meant in no way to diminish any of those deaths, each and every one of them was a tragedy to some family, but the damage we have done to the species (and I mean that in every single way possible) in an attempt to combat a virus that does not endanger well more than 99% of the country is, and will be forever, inexcusable. We must stay vigilant and resolute to never let this type of hysteria, incompetence, or authoritarianism take hold of our nation ever again. As the truth begins to trickle out bit by bit, we must hold our “expert” overlords and the mainstream media accountable. But I wouldn’t bet folding money on it. Wait, IS that Putin?