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Mar 29 2020

Why Coronavirus Mortality Is So High in Italy

Italy’s mortality rate from the Wuhan coronavirus has alarmed the world. It currently stands at 11% (compared to well under 2% in the USA). The scary Italian numbers may not be accurate.

Professor Walter Ricciardi is scientific adviser to Italy’s Minister of Health. He reveals that Italy’s death rate is inflated by the way fatalities are recorded. Everyone who has COVID-19 and dies in a hospital is counted as dying of the virus, even if they actually died of something else (though it may have been exacerbated by the virus).

Via The Telegraph:

“On re-evaluation by the National Institute of Health, only 12 per cent of death certificates have shown a direct causality from coronavirus, while 88 per cent of patients who have died have at least one pre-morbidity – many had two or three,” he says.

Death rates are also inflated because those with severe cases of the disease are overwhelmingly more likely to be tested for it. This holds true in other countries, including the USA. China is the exception; being a communist dictatorship, it probably invents the numbers on a political basis, making them meaningless.

There is no question that Wuhan coronavirus is a serious disease. But in hindsight, the economic devastation that is being inflicted so as to slow its spread may come to look like driving off the edge of a cliff so as to avoid hitting a nasty pothole.

Mr Reagan wonders whether we have been frightened by media hype into embracing a cure that is worse than the disease:



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