Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Study Finds That Under-Reporting Has Skewed Coronavirus Death Rates

No doubts left that COVID-19 has killed more Americans than influenza during comparative timeline

On Monday, October 12, 2020, the The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a peer-reviewed medical journal, reported via a Research Letter that Virginia Commonwealth University researchers had discovered that death rates related to the pandemic from March to July were grossly under-reported to the public. They found that deaths during that time frame increased by 20 percent as compared to previous years. They believe that officials should raise the current death toll number for the United States, approximately 215,355 per Johns Hopkins University, by at least 75,000.

A Necessary Study

As Dr. Steven Woolf, the Director Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health, explained to the media, many COVID-19 conspiracy theorists believe that death rates have been exaggerated by medical personnel, scientists and other experts. When people feel that these rates are inaccurate, they are more likely to disbelieve that the novel coronavirus poses a real threat to them and act in unsafe ways that put them, their loved ones and others at higher risk of contracting it.

The Team’s Findings

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