By Theodore Shoebat
A new report from the New York Times shows that coronavirus deaths just may be at around 100,000. The author, Nicholas Kristof, writes: “We’ve crunched the numbers, state by state, and it appears that somewhere around 100,000 to 110,000 Americans have already died as a result of the pandemic, rather than the 83,000 whose deaths have been attributed to the disease, Covid-19.”
Kristof, with the help of Harvard statistician, Rafael Irizarry, came to his conclusion by comparing the numbers of deaths from March 22 to April 25 and compared the numbers of deaths of this time frame in past yeas, and noticed that around 70,000 more Americans died within this frame than in previous years. “That 70,000 figure for excess deaths does not include Connecticut, North Carolina and Pennsylvania,” writes Kristof, “which were excluded because of missing or dubious data.” He goes on to write:
The official number of Covid-19 deaths in that period for the rest of the country was 49,100. That suggests an undercount of more than 20,000 coronavirus-related deaths as of April 25.
Add those 20,000 missed deaths to today’s total of 83,000, and you already get more than 100,000 pandemic-related deaths. But the undercount probably continued after April 25, albeit at a lower rate.
In the period we looked at, the undercount also diminished. Initially, there were more than twice as many excess deaths as reported coronavirus deaths, but by April 25 there were only 40 percent more. If the undercount thereafter were 10 percent, that would add a few thousand to the total, possibly bringing it closer to 110,000.