Looking at total deaths is the right metric

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Posted by Gilbert_Sundevil on August 20, 20 at 14:30:56:

In Reply to: It actually isn't that hard to estimate... posted by cudevil on August 20, 20 at 11:46:54:

Because the waters are so muddied with bad reporting (dying "with" covid vs dying "from" covid) that looking at the total deaths is probably the only thing we'll be able to count on.

However, as the previous poster theorizes, maybe some deaths got pulled forward a few months.

We won't be able to really test that theory until we are at least a year out from today, right? If Grandma Sally would have died in Feb of 2021 with the regular flu, but died in July of 2020 from Covid, we won't see that potential dip below "normal" deaths for several months.

I'd like to see that study that said the average person dying would have lived another 10 years. This thing is so lethal to that upper age group that I find that hard to believe.

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