One of the arguments made by those dismissing the COVID-19 death toll is that many of the deaths occurring would have happened anyway. The idea is that many of those dying of COVID had immune systems so weak they would have died of something anyway around the same time.
This idea was somewhat challenged last week by The New York Times who showed that the death rate in states hit hard by COVID was up 50% year-over-year. While it is true that many with weak immune systems who would have died from say the flu are dying from COVID-19. The report also highlights why this line of reasoning can’t be attributed to all the coronavirus deaths.
Now we have another study being reported by the Wall Street Journal that says those dying of COVID-19 on average would have lived 10 years longer had it not been for the novel coronavirus,
Using a mix of data from Italy and the U.K. on the kind of long-term conditions seen in Covid-19 victims and the general population, the researchers also mapped out the years of life lost for those suffering from common chronic illnesses and cancer, including those with multiple conditions. They found Covid-19 still cost such victims more than a decade of life, on average, with the sickest patients losing between one and six years depending on their age. Repeating the analysis using U.S. life-expectancy data yielded similar resultsThe Wall Street Journal
I’m not saying this justifies the continued lockdown across the country, but be wary of people arguing that the coronavirus deaths are being overhyped because there seems to be ample evidence they aren’t.