How The Covid 19 Mortality Rate Was Irresponsibly Exaggerated

Last Updated on August 17, 2022 by Shaun Snapp

Executive Summary

  • The coronavirus was reported as the primary cause of death when it was a co-factor to mortality in most cases.
  • How the deaths from Covid 19 were exaggerated


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.

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How Have Covid Deaths Been Reported?

This is explained well at the end of the following video, which covers the reporting of the death of Colin Powell.

In the coverage of the death of Colin Powell, covid was the only reported reason for his death. As explained in this video, important factors leading to Powell’s death are the following.

  • Powell was 84 years old. The average US male currently lives to 79 years of age.
  • Powell had lethal blood cancer.
  • Powell had Parkinson’s.
  • Powell was fully vaccinated. (Why did the media leave this point out — if he had not been vaccinated, think of the likelihood that this would not have been mentioned)

One should ask why the media did not list or explain these other factors.

Other important factors in the video are that only 5% of deaths related to covid (reported as covid deaths in the media and at sites like World Health) are covid the only cause of death.

The Overstatement of the Mortality in Sweden from Covid

The following is from a book written by a doctor in Sweden Dr. Sebastian Rushworth, titled Why Most of What You Know About Covid is Wrong.

As mentioned in the previous chapter, average mortality in Sweden in 2020 was only 5% higher than the average for the preceding five years after correcting for population size. We can clarify this difference by presenting it another way. In 2020 95% of Sweden’s population died which is less than one in 100 people. The average for the preceding five years is point 90 this point 90%. So the supposedly very dangerous pandemic resulted in the share of the population dying increasing from point nine D percent to point 95%. To me, this is clear evidence and COVID-19 is nowhere near as deadly as presented in the mainstream media.

Analysis by Professor John Ioannidis, an epidemiologist at Stanford University with his estimate of the COVID death rate. This analysis was based on zero prevalence data, ie data on how many people were shown to have antibodies of COVID in their bloodstream at different times in different countries, which was correlated with the number of deaths in those countries, through this analysis the professor reached the conclusion that the COVID has an overall overall mortality rate of one in 434 infected people (.2%) would die of the disease. For people under the age of 70, the mortality rate was estimated at .05%. In other words, one in 2000, infected people under the age of 70 would die from the disease.

This is an excellent time to point out that this analysis is not very difficult. It is just looking at deaths by different age cohorts.

I performed this analysis back in April of 2020, and this analysis is published in the article What Who is Dying from the Coronavirus Tells Us. However, governments or even the public have significantly been reluctant to perform this type of analysis throughout the pandemic instead of generalizing the coronavirus deaths to “everyone.” The media jumped on cases where the person was supposedly healthy as evidence that “anyone can die of coronavirus” and stigmatized people that noticed the strong correlation between those already sick with coronavirus deaths as irresponsible.

This same phenomenon occurred during the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. The data showed that the virus was highly concentrated in the male gay community (due to engaging in anal sex) and IV drug users (due to sharing needles). There is now a lot of question about whether both groups simply ran down their immune systems with their lifestyle. It turns out that many gay men used the party drug called “poppers,” which is highly detrimental to the immune system. There has never been any evidence presented that a virus actually causes AIDS.

However, for whatever reasons, those were the primary risk groups.

The most effective strategy for combating AIDS would have been to concentrate on those groups, and there was no counterargument to this conclusion.

However, the US policy at that time took the opposite approach, choosing instead to scare heterosexual non-IV drug users into taking precautions with false claims of AIDS risk because “anyone can get AIDS.”

People making this claim never checked the reality of transmission through this pathway.

  1. First, the percentage of bisexual men is tiny.
  2. Second, the ability of AIDS to transmit through vaginal intercourse is minimal. Even the ultimate hypothetical scare case, where a bisexual man comes home after a secret gay encounter and gives his wife AIDS through vaginal intercourse, is also not a primary means of transmission of the virus. This analysis was exceptionally well laid out in the book Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos.

I relayed John Allen Paulos’ analysis of AIDS back in the mid-90s, and I was told that it was disgusting and irresponsible what I was saying — and the people telling me this was a Ph.D. candidate in the sciences.

Obedience Training and a Social Control Technology

The video points out that much of the pushing for vaccines and record-keeping is about bringing around technology and social control, which is similar to China’s social credit system. This begins with whether the individual complies with vaccinations, but later, the social control technology can be extended to other items, for instance, agreeing with the government or believing politically correct ideas. Max Blumenthal proposes this is a type of obedience training.

NBC continues.

But while it’s vital that public health officials know exactly who is dying, it’s also important that the public understand the reality of this pandemic. Misinformation can have serious consequences. Unfortunately, despite the removal of damaging Facebook posts and tweets, a growing number of people question the necessity of wearing masks, maintaining social distancing measures, and restricting businesses and schools. Viral posts claiming “only 9,000” Americans have really died from Covid-19 only fuel this vocal minority — especially when promoted by the president himself.

As I cover in the article How Effective Are Masks in Reducing the Spread of the Coronavirus, masks have very low effectiveness in reducing the spread of coronavirus, and the lockdowns have increased rather than decreased mortality. How did NBC come to the conclusion that masks are effective against vaccines because masks do not have a history of being employed against viruses? For example, we don’t implore those with colds to wear masks or those around people with colds to wear masks.

This is a rather typical article from the establishment media on coronavirus. There is very little evidence supporting the strong claims, no real analysis, browbeating, shaming language, calls for censorship, and categorizing any information they disagree with as either a conspiracy theory or misinformation.

Addressing the issues brought up in the Jimmy Dore video regarding how covid continues to spread in Ireland even under vaccination, the following quote is regarding the transmission of covid in Australia Australia has had some of the most aggressive lockdowns in the world, and is described in the following quotation.

In 2 states in Australia, which have been in lockdown for 2+ months, the new cases and deaths were slowly increasing each day.

At the end of these lockdowns, the case numbers have dropped off. It appears as though coronavirus mutates to a pneumonia form during lockdowns. Either way lockdown or no lockdown it spreads.

Masks or now masks it spreads. Vaccine or no vaccine it spreads. – Markian Jaworski

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

This is a very important topic that has been deliberately hidden from the public and covered in the article How The Average Age of Mortality from Covid is 81.5.

The issue with the CDC’s falsification of the mortality rate pre and post covid which I cover in Did The US Mortality Rate Increase in 2020 and 2021?

Influenza Case Recategorization

Influenza has nearly disappeared since the arrival of covid. The idea of re-categorization of influenza cases as covid cannot be addressed by establishment health experts. I cover this likely categorization in the article How Influenza Cases Were Recategorized as Covid Cases.

The quote continues.

The government’s method to boost COVID death toll numbers is to classify any death as a Coronavirus death as long as the person who died who died was found to be infected with a Coronavirus. To change the death certificate methodology to boost COVID deaths the CDC needed to implement and sent out new guidelines to hospitals and doctors across the country. According to the guidelines a person in a head on car ahead on car collision, who died on the scene and tested positive for the Coronavirus in the morgue. Their death certificate was counted as a COVID death The same is true for heart attacks, strokes etc. These new procedures were issued on March 4 and march 24. The March 4 directive told doctors to report COVID on the death certificates were COVID caused or assumed to have caused or contributed to death. – Brainwashed: How the Media and Government Misread, Misinformed and Mismanaged the COVID-19 Virus

This is quite damning of the CDC. I did not understand this until I researched the topic for several articles. I don’t think many people know this change occurred. Is this a QAnon conspiracy theory — or is it a fact that is supported by the fact that the CDC issued their directives?

The quote continues.

All COVID debts are intentionally inflated because the CDC changed its standing 17 year reporting procedure for filling out death certificates. The brand new guidelines for COVID-19 Change the comorbidities. Procedure had the CDC not changed its comorbidities procedure. It is estimated that reported COVID deaths would be reduced by more than 90%. The CDC reports that only 6% of the reported COVID deaths are from COVID-19 alone. – Brainwashed: How the Media and Government Misread, Misinformed and Mismanaged the COVID-19 Virus

Another question arises from this.

What was wrong with the previous death certificate protocol?

Why did it need to be changed? None of this is explained by the CDC. The CDC wants to entirely change the method of accounting for morbidity but then not explain why this change was made — and then point to the high numbers of covid deaths as evidence that the covid is a deadly disease. This is the tail wagging the dog.

Heath Authorities Have Listening and Interpretation Problems, and Or Are Lying

The other commentary by US health officials on whether covid deaths are exaggerated illustrates either thinking problems or gaslighting, as the following quotes attest.

“The deaths are real deaths,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an ABC interview. “That’s not fake.” “All you need to do is go out into the trenches. Go to the hospitals and see what the health care workers are dealing with. They are under very stressful situations in many areas of the country. The hospital beds are stretched, people are running out of beds, running out of trained personnel who are exhausted.” – KHN

Did Fauci not understand the logic that made up Trump’s assertion? Trump did not say the deaths had been falsified. He pointed to the number of comorbidities.

The amusing thing about this is that hospitals were shown to have done very little to treat covid patients. So while many people went to hospitals, they received very little benefit from doing so. Even using ventilators on people, something that can only be done at a hospital, had very little benefit for people and, in many cases, would have worsened their condition, as a person’s immune system goes into decline once intubated.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams declined to condemn President Donald Trump on Sunday for calling Covid-19 death figures “far exaggerated,” but he did defend the numbers Trump attacked. “From a health perspective, I have no reason to doubt those numbers,” – KHN

Did Adams have the same problem as Fauci? Adams served under Trump; he had plenty of opportunities to perhaps take a whole day to understand the argument Trump was making. However, his interpretation was that Trump said the numbers were fictiously created?

What Scientific Americans, Fauci, and Adams could not figure out, the American Association of Medical Colleges was able to figure out, according to an article I found on their website, which is dated to Feb of 2021.

An elderly man arrived at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital Midtown last month so stricken with advanced cancer that it could take his life within months — but that’s not what brought him to the emergency room.

The man had contracted COVID-19 and was struggling to breathe, recalls Sara Auld, MD, a critical care physician at the hospital. He was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and intubated. “Given his already fragile state, his condition quickly took a turn for the worse” and he died, she recalls.

Was his death caused by COVID-19?

Yes, Auld says: “While he was very weak and frail from his underlying cancer, his death was undoubtedly accelerated and precipitated by COVID-19.”

Yes, so here we have a very typical person dying from covid. This is a sick person who was pushed over the edge by covid. His immune system was so compromised that he could not accept the extra stress of covid. However, does this mean that the AAMC is a QAnon supporter? Because according to NBC, isn’t it only QAnon conspiracy theorists that can look at covid death statistics and perform a deeper analysis of them? Does the AAMC actually believe the world is run by satanic cannibalistic pedophiles? If so, isn’t that an even bigger story?

The article continues.

The official government figure — nearly a half-million as of mid-February — has spurred not only public health measures to battle the disease but also confusion and doubts based on a fundamental question: What defines a COVID-19 death?

The answer can get complicated.

This is interesting because Trump was a madman for proposing this, according to the top US health officials, Twitter, and the establishment media. However, the AAMC recognizes that the answer is not so simple.

The article continues.

Early in the pandemic, some of the answers provided by public officials — who were scrambling to track the disease as it overwhelmed health systems — fed skepticism. Last April, Deborah Birx, MD, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said this when asked about people who have COVID-19 but die from preexisting conditions: “If someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that as a COVID-19 death.”

That statement, combined with some state health officials saying they follow the same policy, sparked charges that the COVID-19 totals were inflated by deaths from other diseases and even auto accidents if the victims happened to have COVID-19. Federal and state governments gradually altered such policies over the spring and summer to say that in order for a death to be counted as a COVID-19 death, the disease had to have played a role.

Still, people wonder: What determines if COVID-19 played that role? Many people still doubt the official totals, with some claiming they’re inflated as part of a conspiracy.

Just recently, Auld says, she got an email from a relative “informing me that COVID death numbers were grossly exaggerated — that the CDC had intervened” to increase the totals.

“I blew my lid,” Auld says — but she vented only to her husband.

There’s no evidence of orchestrated inflation, but parsing the role that the disease plays in some deaths is not always easy for doctors — nor is the process clear to the public.

Let us back up here because there seems to be some mixing of what inflation is.

If the CDC starts telling hospitals to categorize people who died in motorcycle accidents or fell off ladders to put the cause of death as covid, then that would be one type of exaggeration that the CDC would be guilty of. (I will cover that in a moment) However, that is not what is being discussed in that previous quote. That seems to be what is being assumed by the response from this doctor.

However, that is not the only way to exaggerate the covid death statistics. Exaggeration can also take the form of taking all covid deaths and essentially removing the comorbidities, which is what the CDC’s instruction did do. There is simply no denying that this change was instrumental in creating fake accounting of the mortality of covid. This topic of comorbidities is covered in the article How Heath Authorities And The Media Lied About Comorbidities.

There seems to be a persistent pattern of health care officials misconstruing the argument for exaggeration. This is either a problem with reading comprehension or lying.

If one is going to respond to a claim, it is first important to understand the claim. I would expect these medical experts, who not only have many years of post-graduate education but are leaders in their field, to be able to understand the argument that underlies the claim of exaggeration.

The article continues.

In addition, the disease’s brutal impact on people with other medical conditions — such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart ailments — can make COVID-19 one of several contributors to a death, says Sally Aiken, MD, chief medical examiner of Spokane County, Washington. Aiken has seen cases where elderly people who were in advanced decline due to Alzheimer’s disease and atrial fibrillation contracted COVID-19 and soon died.

Yes. Covid kills predominantly people who are already weak and about to die. This is why even the very low covid mortality of around .02% is also exaggerated. Virtually all people with covid listed on their death certificate were going to die very soon in any case.

This .02% rate was corroborated by two physicians that held a press conference in April of 2020 to propose re-opening the US.

The doctors, Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi, operate out of an urgent care clinic in Bakersfield. Citing fatality statistics in California, the doctors argued that the Chinese virus has proven less deadly than anticipated.

“We have 39.5 million people, if we just take a basic calculation and extrapolate that out, that equates to about 4.7 million cases throughout the state of California,” said Dr. Erickson. “Which means this thing is widespread, that’s the good news. We’ve seen 1,227 deaths in the state of California with a possible incidents or prevalence of 4.7 million. That means you have a 0.03 chance of dying from COVID-19 in the state of California.”

.02, .03 — these numbers are very close to each other. However, their press conference was banned from YouTube for violating YouTube’s “community guidelines.”

The article continues.

When COVID-19 accelerates such a person’s death from other causes, is that a COVID-19 death? The answer gets recorded on the main document behind the nation’s COVID-19 fatality count: the death certificate. Many people think of a death certificate as a precise final verdict. But often, the document reflects a judgment that weighs the roles of multiple conditions, taking into account a person’s medical history along with their most recent medical data and symptoms. “There always have been cases where there are gray areas of death certification,” says Aiken, immediate past president of the National Association of Medical Examiners.
When someone dies in a health care facility, the task of determining the cause usually goes to a physician who oversaw the person’s care or the person’s primary care doctor. Coroners and medical examiners make the determination in various other instances, including deaths that are unexpected, violent, or occur at home.

Right. This is widely known in medical circles and has been for many decades. There is, in many cases, not a single cause of death. People who are old often die from multisystem failure. None of this was disputed or even controversial until then topic of how many deaths should be attributed to covid. Then this topic became highly politicized, and anyone who pointed out that people who died of covid were unhealthy became the province of QAnon supporters and Trump. And, of course, for a large segment of the global population, the fact that Trump says something means that thing is false.

The article continues.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services explains on its website why the disease is cited if it played any role at all:

“Whether COVID-19 shortened a life by 15 years or 15 minutes; whether COVID-19 is an underlying or contributing condition, the virus was in circulation, infected an Alaskan, and hastened their death.”

Yes, and this is why the deaths in total will be overattributed to covid.

As stated by Dr. Rushworth, the average person dying from covid is over 80, and the average number of years is small (I will show further on in this article how Dr. Rushworth’s estimate is probably too high).

  • This is supported by his analysis of the change in mortality in Sweden under the coronavirus pandemic.
  • It is also supported by the lack of a noticeable increase in deaths in the US in 2020.

It should also be noted that Sweden has been repeatedly the subject of attack by US establishment media entities for not locking down their economy. Without any love for Trump, Sweden decided not to lockdown their society, first because they are not legally allowed to, but second because their analysis of the covid was consistent with the established research into how to respond to pandemics, which is that societies should be kept open.

Paying Hospitals More $$$ for Covid Deaths = More Deaths Attributed to Covid

Something very poorly covered was how hospitals were paid more to funnel people into the covid category. This is covered in the following quotation.

Jensen said, “Hospital administrators might well want to see COVID-19 attached to a discharge summary or a death certificate. Why? Because if it’s a straightforward, garden-variety pneumonia that a person is admitted to the hospital for – if they’re Medicare – typically, the diagnosis-related group lump sum payment would be $5,000. But if it’s COVID-19 pneumonia, then it’s $13,000, and if that COVID-19 pneumonia patient ends up on a ventilator, it goes up to $39,000.” – USA Today

In the US, hospitals are extremely profit-oriented. If Medicare pays more, they will falsify death statistics. If Medicare paid $6,000 for categorizing people as dying from a cheese overdose, those covid deaths would quickly have been categorized as deaths from cheese — and the covid pandemic would have turned very quickly into the death by cheese pandemic, and we would have been instructed to keep 6 feet away from the cheese aisle in the supermarket. Secondly, for $39,000, a bunch of patients will be placed on ventilators — even though it did those patients no good. This now explains why hospitals were ventilating people.

False Positives on Covid PCR Test

The PCR test dramatically overstates the number of people with covid. This was known about the PCR test, which was started by its inventor, and means that roughly 97% of those diagnosed with covid did not have covid.

The issue with false positives towards the end of this video illustrates that in nearly all of the covid deaths, the people that died did not die of covid (as they did not have it) but of comorbidity. 

Exaggeration of The Number of People with an Active Virus

There has been an exaggeration of the number of deaths from covid and the number of people with an active covid virus. The following video explains how the PCR Tests have been misunderstood.

This is explained further in the following quotation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought us many harsh lessons. Importantly, it has shown us how easy it is to manufacture panic and control entire populations through deceptive means. Topping the list of deceptive strategies is the use of a test that falsely labels healthy individuals as sick and infectious. This allows mass testing to drive the narrative that we’re in a lethal pandemic.

Of course, I’m talking about the now infamous reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. The fact is, the PCR test is not designed to be used as a diagnostic tool as it cannot distinguish between inactive viruses and “live” or reproductive ones.

This is a crucial point, since inactive and reproductive viruses are not interchangeable in terms of infectivity. If you have a nonreproductive virus in your body, you will not get sick and you cannot spread it to others. Secondly, many if not most laboratories amplify the RNA collected far too many times, which results in healthy people testing “positive.”

Many scientists have noted that anything over 35 cycles is scientifically indefensible. A September 28, 2020, study in Clinical Infectious Diseases revealed that when you run a PCR test at a CT of 35 or higher, the accuracy drops to 3%, resulting in a 97% false positive rate.

Antibody tests are also turning out to have their share of quality problems. If you have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, that would be evidence that your immune system successfully overcame the virus at some point in the past. However, the COVID-19 antibody test may also turn out positive if you have antibodies against common cold viruses.

June 30, 2020, the CDC admitted that prior exposure to coronaviruses responsible for the common cold can result in a positive COVID-19 antibody test, even if you’ve never been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 specifically.

If the vast majority of people who test positive for COVID-19 infection have no symptoms, don’t feel sick and don’t look sick, is COVID-19 really a “deadly” disease? Or, is it more like HPV — a viral infection that most people have without knowing it, and which 90% are able to eliminate without treatment?

In November 2020, a Portuguese appeals court ruled that the PCR test is “not a reliable test for SARS-CoV-2” and that “a single positive PCR test cannot be used as an effective diagnosis of infection.” Therefore, “any enforced quarantine based on the results is unlawful.” – Green Med Info

How the Test Exaggeration Allowed for Government Takeovers

The primary justification for the tyrannical governmental interventions of COVID-19 was to slow the spread of the infection so that hospital resources would not be overwhelmed, causing people to die due to lack of medical care.

These interventions were not about stopping the spread altogether or even reducing the number of people that would eventually get infected. They certainly were never meant to prevent all death. Any rational analysis would rapidly conclude that this simply isn’t possible, under any circumstance. – Green Med Info

More Information Comes Out As Time Has Passed About the Exaggerated Covid Numbers

The medical establishment took advantage of the recency of events to pull one over on the public, particularly during the early and mid parts of the pandemic. However, as more time has passed, more information leaks out that shows the public was fed enormous quantities of false information. A good example of this is found in the following quotation.

Data show COVID-19 deaths have been wildly exaggerated by counting people who died from other conditions but had a positive COVID test within 28 days of their death

U.K. data released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request show that the number of deaths between January 2020 and the end of September 2021 in England and Wales, where COVID-19 was the sole cause of death, was just 17,371 — not 137,133 as reported

Of the 17,371 people who had COVID-19 as the sole cause of death, 13,597 were 65 or older. The average age of death in the U.K. from COVID in 2021 was 82.5 years Compare that to the projected life expectancy in the U.K., which is 79 for men and 82.9 for women. This hardly constitutes an emergency, least of all for healthy school- and working-age individuals

Estimates suggest there’s been an extra 50,000 cancer deaths over the past 18 months — deaths that normally would not have occurred. Delayed diagnosis and inability to receive proper treatment due to COVID restrictions are thought to be primary reasons for this – Mercola


The inability to perform a fundamental analysis of coronavirus, which the US government and most world governments refuse to do, is further undermined by media coverage. The media not only does no detailed analysis of coronavirus but reports information that undermines the public’s ability to approach the coronavirus analytically. The example of how they reported the death of Colin Powell required that the media censored Powell’s condition to make it appear that the only thing that killed Powell was covid.

In addition to this, the media’s bias against analysis is so strong that they target individuals who perform analysis, which moves away from generalizing the issue away from the people of primary risk to coronavirus. Once they find someone who observes a nuance or inaccuracy in the official story (such as Trump and others did with the covid statistics) they work to smear the person as an ignoramus who is a conspiracy theorist. I recall when the proposals about covid being overstated broke in Jan of 2021. And the media backlash killed the story, and I did not fully analyze this issue until October of 2021. What I found is that this claim is essentially correct. However, it takes time to look into this topic, and the media was quite effective in getting the topic submarined.

As I presented in this article, analysis and publication of basic statistics, which show the large discrepancies in mortality by age, are categorized as irresponsible and misinformation. What the media has called fact-checking is in most cases, really just smearing stories that contradict the official narrative. Throughout the pandemic, establishment media has acted as a very reliable advocate for pharmaceutical companies.

The covid death rate is exaggerated. Once again, the official reporting entities and the media have done nothing to moderate the number of covid deaths to account for the comorbidities. This overstates the threat of covid to public health.