75% of the vaccinated dying with Covid in US have co-morbidities, says CDC

One of the ongoing questions with regard to deaths, and indeed hospitalisation, of people with Covid-19 had been the extent to which those diagnosed with the virus are found to have co-morbidities. Co-morbidity is where a person has one or more serious medical conditions in addition to the virus. This is relevant in the context of Covid statistics where it would seem that a significant number of those diagnosed with the virus have some other underlying condition or conditions.

That is also relevant when considering the preponderance of deaths among the older age cohort where many people have health issues that already require medical attention, and which make them vulnerable to other conditions.

Obviously, every death is tragic and a source of great sadness for family and loved ones, but the existence of co-morbidities amongst those succumbing to the virus should surely have been a significant factor in the response of the authorities to Covid-19.

This has become an issue of controversy again in the past number of days following an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America news programme last Friday during which the Director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky, referred to deaths among people who had been vaccinated against Covid.

Citing statistics from a CDC study of over one million people who had been vaccinated between December 2020 and October 2021, Walensky stated that of the small number who had died that “the overwhelming number of deaths, over 75%, occurred in people who had at least four co-morbidities.”

The first thing that ought to be recognised is that the study did find that only a very small number of vaccinated people had died from Covid. Just 0.0183% had developed severe symptoms or had died. The overall death rate from Covid in the United States is around 0.25%.

The question is, what proportion of those more than 830,000 deaths have also been of people with other underlying conditions, or co-morbidities.

Those statistics have not yet been released but when interviewed on Fox News on Sunday, Walensky said, in response to a question on how many people have died “with” rather than “from” Covid, that these statistics are currently being compiled and “those data will be forthcoming.”

 

In the same interview, Walensky referred to statistics that show that in some hospitals that “up to 40% of the patients who are coming in with Covid-19 are coming in not because they are sick with Covid but because they’re coming in with something else.”

There have been many studies on the relationship between Covid and under-lying health conditions with a study published as early as June 2020 pointing out that patients and in particular those over the age of 65 with co-morbidities were at a much higher risk from Covid than the rest of the population.

There has been little attention given to this aspect of the Covid crisis in Ireland, and apart from the statistics on the much higher rates of deaths among the oldest age cohorts – with a median age of 64 and over 40% of deaths among those aged 85 and older – there has been no published research on the link between serious illness and deaths among people diagnosed with Covid, and any underlying conditions they might have had.

In September, Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Health if persons who had died from other illnesses but who had tested positive for Covid-19 had been included in the numbers given for Covid deaths.

 

The Minister provided the following response:

Deaths not reported as COVID-19 deaths:

1. Persons with COVID-19 may die directly due to accidents. Such deaths are not due to COVID-19 and should not be certified as such. This decision not to certify as COVID-19 death will be based on clinical judgement.

2. In some instances, a death due to COVID-19 may not be attributed to another disease (e.g. cancer) and would be counted as a COVID-19 death independently of pre-existing conditions that are suspected of triggering a severe course of COVID-19.

 

Take from that what you will, but my reading is that it would appear the Minister stated that in an unquantified number of deaths, a death will have been registered as a Covid-19 death even though another illness such as cancer was clearly a serious underlying condition.

It is important that such issues are researched and made public if as seems to be the case that most governments are coming to accept that Covid is not going to be eradicated and that if it remains within the population that it must be treated on the same lines as other serious conditions for those at risk. Especially if they are at risk from conditions other than Covid.

 

 

 

 

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