Did The US Mortality Rate Increase in 2020 and 2021?

Last Updated on August 17, 2022 by Shaun Snapp

Executive Summary

  • A major question is whether the US mortality rate increased under covid.
  • It appears that the deaths have been falsified.


The reporting of covid deaths has been irresponsible in that covid has been reported as the primary cause of death. In nearly all cases, covid has been one of many contributors to a person’s death. The statistics presented by medical authorities on the number of covid deaths is false. It is based on whether a person died, who also tested positive using a PCR test. However, as I cover in the article Understanding the PCR Test and How There Was Never a Reliable Test for Covid. This means that no one has any idea how many people died from covid, as most of the positive PRC tests were false positives.

The only way to ascertain the actual mortality rate from covid is to check year-over-year mortality numbers.

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What is the Average Age of a Person Who Dies from Covid?

The following quote roughly matches the table I included above.

The average person who dies from COVID is over 80 years old and has multiple underlying health conditions. In other words, their life expectancy is short, the average person who died in the 1918 pandemic was in their late 20s. So each death in the 1918 pandemic actually meant around 50 years more of life loss per person than each death in the COVID pandemic. – Why Most of What You Know About Covid is Wrong

Hmmm….but again, isn’t this also misinformation, according to NBC? It is curious how the establishment media appear biased against analysis.

Marginal Excess Mortality in 2020

There is one final aspect of to all of this that needs to be discussed. As I mentioned earlier, excess mortality in 2020, was marginal. How can this be explained when so many people have died of COVID? As I see it, there are two possible explanations. The first is that a lot of people who died of COVID actually died with COVID. In other words, they had a positive COVID test, and were therefore characterized as COVID deaths when the actual cause of death was something else. And second is that most people who died of COVID were so old and so frail, and had so many underlying health conditions that even without COVID they would have been dead before the year was out. There are no other reasonable explanations. I’m not saying that COVID is nothing or that it doesn’t exist. I’m saying that it’s a disease with a marginal effect on longevity.

Half of Swedish COVID deaths happened in nursing homes, where median life expectancy is less than a year. If half of all people who died of COVID in Sweden would have been dead within a year even without COVID. That would mean that the other half who died would have had to have 20 plus years of life left in order for the average to end up being 12 years. Considering that the average age of those who died in COVID in Sweden is 84. While the average age of death in Sweden, more generally is 82. That seems extremely unlikely. – Why Most of What You Know About Covid is Wrong

The Average Amount of Lifetime Loss from Covid

Just looking at the data from what has actually happened in Sweden, it seems more likely that the average amount of time lifetime loss to COVID is very low a few years at most. – Why Most of What You Know About Covid is Wrong

John’s Hopkins University: A Second Estimation of the Net Change in Mortality

A second examination of net mortality was also calculated for the US by John’s Hopkins University. This calculation quoted below was removed from the John Hopkins website.

Genevieve Briand, assistant program director of the Applied Economics master’s degree program at Hopkins, critically analyzed the effect of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in her webinar titled “COVID-19 Deaths: A Look at U.S. Data.” From mid-March to mid-September, U.S. total deaths have reached 1.7 million, of which 200,000, or 12% of total deaths, are COVID-19-related. Instead of looking directly at COVID-19 deaths, Briand focused on total deaths per age group and per cause of death in the U.S. and used this information to shed light on the effects of COVID-19. After retrieving data on the CDC website, Briand compiled a graph representing percentages of total deaths per age category from early February to early September, which includes the period from before COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. to after infection rates soared.

Surprisingly, the deaths of older people stayed the same before and after COVID-19. Since COVID-19 mainly affects the elderly, experts expected an increase in the percentage of deaths in older age groups. However, this increase is not seen from the CDC data. In fact, the percentages of deaths among all age groups remain relatively the same.

Obviously, this is evidence that, as Dr. Rushworth stated regarding excess mortality in Sweden, covid results in very little loss of life. Obviously, if covid is primarily killing people who were very soon to die anyway, then it is not a deadly disease, which is why this article had to be removed from the John’s Hopkins website.

The John’s Hopkins article continues.

Therefore, according to Briand, not only has COVID-19 had no effect on the percentage of deaths of older people, but it has also not increased the total number of deaths. The CDC classified all deaths that are related to COVID-19 simply as COVID-19 deaths. Even patients dying from other underlying diseases but are infected with COVID-19 count as COVID-19 deaths.

This further supports the claim that the vast majority of covid deaths are those that died “with covid” rather than due to covid. It also calls into question how hospitals have been counting these deaths.

These data analyses suggest that in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States. As Briand compared the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018, she noticed that instead of the expected drastic increase across all causes, there was a significant decrease in deaths due to heart disease. This suggests, according to Briand, that the COVID-19 death toll is misleading. Briand believes that deaths due to heart diseases, respiratory diseases, influenza (which I will cover further in the article) and pneumonia may instead be recategorized as being due to COVID-19. “All of this points to no evidence that COVID-19 created any excess deaths. Total death numbers are not above normal death numbers. We found no evidence to the contrary,” Briand concluded.

Obviously, if the deaths stayed roughly the same from 2019 to 2020, or increased proportionately with the US population (which grows around 1% per year) then if the covid deaths went up, then the other deaths would have to have gone down.

After retrieving data on the CDC website, Briand compiled a graph representing percentages of total deaths per age category from early February to early September, which includes the period from before COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. to after infection rates soared.

Something odd is that Briand claimed she took the data from the CDC website, but the CDC reports different numbers in total for 2020. When I obtained the CDC data from February through September of 2020 and then adjusted it for a year, I came to 3.27 million. So why did Briand come up with such a lower figure?

This study was published in November of 2020. It took very little time for specialists in this area to figure out the problem with this report. And it was taken down five days after it was published.

The video is still up on YouTube.

The Comments by John’s Hopkins After Taking Down the Study

After The News-Letter published this article on Nov. 22, it was brought to our attention that our coverage of Genevieve Briand’s presentation “COVID-19 Deaths: A Look at U.S. Data” has been used to support dangerous inaccuracies that minimize the impact of the pandemic.

The dangerous inaccuracy is that the covid deaths are overreported. This is very inconvenient for those entities pushing the covid adjustments and the vaccines.

We decided on Nov. 26 to retract this article to stop the spread of misinformation, as we noted on social media. However, it is our responsibility as journalists to provide a historical record. We have chosen to take down the article from our website, but it is available here as a PDF.

Briand’s study should not be used exclusively in understanding the impact of COVID-19, but should be taken in context with the countless other data published by Hopkins, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A study does not need to be taken “in context” of these other studies. If the study shows that the mortality did not increase more than it would due to things like population growth, then the study is important on its own.

Furthermore, if the study is incorrect, why not keep it published at John’s Hopkins but correct it? This appears to be censorship.

This is the introduction to the article — the full article is at our subscription website that covers how to treat the vaccines.