Did Covid Actually Cause a Higher Death Rate?

IE only asks the question because despite two years of scare stories in the mainstream media, and a small army of behavioural psychologists setting public health policy, it seems wise to analyse the actual datasets published by the UK government in fine detail. In assessing the real risk in the workplace or at live events with large crowds, insurers need the information to be accurate as regards Covid related risk. The average age of a Covid related death is still over 80 years.

There is no comprehensive study into the actual efficiency of the vaccines in relation to slowing the infection rate, or reducing the effects of Covid upon breathing efficiency, heart health, sense of taste & smell, or someone’s overall immunity to respiritory disease, in the longer term. That must wait until say 2024/25 and we know more.

But perhaps insurers should collectively fund their own study, analysing three control groups of triple vaxxed, two jabbers and no vaxxed, as it might provide more nuanced detail than anything funded by the government or pharma companies, both of whom have their own agendas as regards Covid19 and vaccines.

Here’s the latest from the ONS, who conveniently ignore the crucial separation of deaths FROM Covid19, rather than WITH Covid19, which is an entirely different thing as regards the primary causation of death;

During the coronavirus pandemic, the Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI) is publishing frequent UK mortality analysis through its mortality monitor. Today’s update covers week 4 of 2022 (22 to 28 January), based on provisional England & Wales deaths data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 8 February 2022.

The key points of this update are:

  • The number of deaths registered in England & Wales in week 4 of 2022 was 100 higher than if mortality rates had been the same as in week 4 of 2019; equivalent to 1% more deaths than expected.
  • There have been around 121,700 more deaths from all causes than expected in the UK from the start of the pandemic to 28 January 2022. Of these, 1,300 have occurred in 2022.
  • The number of deaths in England & Wales with COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate was 1,385 in week 4 of 2022.

Cobus Daneel, Chair of the CMI Mortality Projections Committee, said: “We have now seen 30 consecutive weeks of excess mortality in the UK, the longest run of excess mortality during the pandemic.

In the second half of 2021, the number of excess deaths was similar to the number of deaths with COVID-19 mentioned on the death certificate. However, the picture is very different in weeks 2 to 4 of 2022 – with nearly 5,000 mentions of COVID-19 on UK death certificates, but fewer than 400 excess deaths. This shows that while COVID has contributed to a significant number of deaths, overall mortality is similar to the pre-pandemic level for the time of year.

All mortality monitor weekly updates are publicly available on the mortality monitor page.

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