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Covid deaths are Underreported

by Sean Martu

Every day I head out in my car, I see these large billboards in front of businesses advertising that they’re hiring, and some of them even include the hourly wages they are offering. Most of the billboards I see are in front of fast-food chains like McDonald’s. At first, I just ignored them, but then I noticed they were popping up more and more all over the county, and in some cases, the hourly wages plastered on the billboard were increasing every few weeks.

Initially, I thought the Covid lockdown, coupled with those who could get state unemployment with the Federal “stimulus” had some kind of life epiphany. Unlike the majority of first-world countries, most people in America are fodder for corporations, with no type of government social net or support from the egregious taxes that they fork out daily.

America is definitely not Canada or Western Europe, in any way or form.

I thought maybe some people woke up, being now they could look at their life from the outside in. Because of the lockdown, people were able to go to the beach(sometimes), enjoy the sun, and actually do things for themselves and enjoy life. Instead of sitting in traffic for hours on end every day just to labor indoors for corporations from dawn till dusk, and for others even longer.

But in America, if you do not clock 9 to 5, or whatever kind of shift, you’re out on the street. When I took this into consideration, I don’t actually think there is a worker shortage in America because all these people had an “awakening” and started ventures like vegan cupcake stands at their local farmers’ market. Plus, a majority of Americans have been rendered psychologically to exist more like zombies, I highly doubt most of them would be able to come to such a life-riveting epilogue.

Then I contemplated within myself, what if 911, Katrina, and Abu-Ghraib is happening right before our eyes.

Let me explain.

I believe when 911 happened, all these conspiracies of the American government attacked America was put out by the CIA. I believe this because for some odd reason, the Americans who believe in this conspiracy feel safer believing this conspiracy rather than accepting that radical Muslims have access to Americans in America to commit acts of Terror. Trust me,the last thing the corporations in America want is for the sheeple to stop feeding them, and mass panic and fear paralyzing the US economy.

I remember when hurricane Katrina happened, George Bush, the President at that time, blocked the media from accessing the hurricane damage site in New Orleans. The reason is, the Federal government didn’t want images of thousands of dead floating people on the floodwaters plastered on domestic or international media. Eventually, the media got a court order to force Bush to allow them in the New Orleans area, but by that time the National Guard had removed all the floating bodies.

Lastly, Abu-Ghraib, one minute the Federal government denied the abuse that was taking place at the Iraqi prison. But then photos showing incredulous unbelievable abuse were plastered on the internet. Then the Federal government went from denial to suppression.

The moral of the story is The Federal government doesn’t believe from what I can see historically, that Americans can handle the truth, especially when the truth can cause potential mass fear, panic, or disgust.

I think it’s possible the covid deaths fall into this category. I postulate that the narrative as to why there is a worker shortage is that there are actually not enough workers. I theorize that Covid killed way more people in the US than what we are being led to believe. Now “covid conspiracy theorists”, who initially thought covid was a “Liberal hoax”, now believe that the covid numbers are grossly inflated. But au contraire, I believe otherwise, I believe the exact opposite is happening.

According to a May 6, 2021 article in NPR “New Study Estimates More Than 900,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In U.S.” –

A new study estimates that the number of people who have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. is more than 900,000, a number 57% higher than official figures.

Worldwide, the study’s authors say, the COVID-19 death count is nearing 7 million, more than double the reported number of 3.24 million.

The analysis comes from researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, who looked at excess mortality from March 2020 through May 3, 2021, compared it with what would be expected in a typical nonpandemic year, then adjusted those figures to account for a handful of other pandemic-related factors.

The final count only estimates deaths “caused directly by the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” according to the study’s authors. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19.

In this interesting article published by North Eastern University “HAVE COVID-19 DEATHS BEEN UNDERCOUNTED? NEW REPORTS SAY ‘YES’ AND HERE’S WHY IT MATTERS“, it states –

As many as 8 million people may have died from COVID-19 or its effects, according to the World Health Organization—an estimate that belies its own official tally of 3.4 million deaths from the pandemic.

Estimates by The Economist signal an even worse outcome of 10 million deaths globally. In the United States, the official death toll is 590,000, although The Economist estimates that the casualties could be 40,000 higher.

The Economist projected that as many as 12.7 million may have died, based on its modeling.

A more complete understanding of the pandemic may help governments deal with the long-term effects that continue to be suffered by people who have survived COVID-19.

“We’re now hearing more and more about something called long COVID—people who survive acute illness, but then have lingering effects in multiple body systems and psychiatric conditions as well,” Baker says. “COVID-19 has had a much bigger footprint than we have estimated so far.”

But in this very socially delicate analytical article done by Capital and Main published on Sept 21, 2021 “COVID deaths severely undercounted among communities of color, new study finds“, it states –

Some of the numbers compiled since then reflect that reality. As of the most recent reporting period by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Blacks in America are at twice the risk of dying from COVID as are whites, Latinos at 2.3 times the risk. In California, Blacks account for 7% of recorded COVID deaths, yet make up only 5% of the population. And Latinos, 40% of the state’s population, represent 47% of its deaths.

The figures are part of a compelling case that longstanding inequities of income, living conditions and health care have led communities of color to experience the worst of the pandemic. But a new study suggests that, if anything, those numbers are low – perhaps significantly so.

In a research letter published last week in JAMA Network Open, the study’s authors suggest that about 20% of excess deaths in the U.S. in 2020 – that is, mortality beyond what would be expected in a normal year – “were not reflected in COVID-19 death counts.” In some areas, that undercount was severe. And it was most pronounced, the researchers found, in the parts of the country where health services are the most lacking.

“Inaccuracies in cause of death ascertainment have hidden the true scale of the pandemic and its vastly uneven impact across communities,” said Andrew Stokes, the lead author of the study and a professor at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). “We find that discrepancies between official COVID death tallies and excess mortality estimates were especially severe in areas with poor health care access and more at-home deaths.”

Those findings align almost exactly with what epidemiologists, social scientists and local health workers and clinicians have been saying for a year and a half. While COVID is unquestionably a national health emergency, it has unequally plagued families in neighborhoods where people are likely to have less access to health care or to lack health insurance altogether, and to generally live in worse conditions.

They are also the people most likely to fill the kinds of jobs – food preparation, service industry, custodial, farm labor – that were deemed “essential” as COVID spread across the U.S. and had to be performed on site. In the midst of a pandemic, they couldn’t stay home from work.

It seems, this last article has strongly validated my theory, by stating this –

They are also the people most likely to fill the kinds of jobs – food preparation, service industry, custodial, farm labor – that were deemed “essential” as COVID spread across the U.S. and had to be performed on site. In the midst of a pandemic, they couldn’t stay home from work.

I know the worker shortage is all across the board, but it’s definitely more pronounced and evident in the industries that were considered “essential” during the lockdown of 2020. These are the very same people who have been grossly undercounted as covid deaths.

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