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Coronavirus’ death toll hard to tally

A worldwide argument is going on about mortality statistics, i.e., the number of deaths due to the coronavirus. Who can you believe?

Well, it’s complicated.

Assume that you are in your 70s and have hypertension. Then, you catch the coronavirus. One month later, you die in the hospital.

So what is the cause of death? If you hadn’t caught the virus, chances are you would have lived for a couple more years, maybe more. And, if you didn’t have the hypertension nor the coronavirus, you might have lived for six years or more. Or, if you were much younger plus no hypertension, why then when you catch the virus, it’s a bad time for a few days, but you get over it.

And you live - well just how much longer would probably depend on genetic factors.

If you have the right genes, a relaxed personality and a strong interest in life, you might easily live into your 90s.

Anyway, best I can tell, the “cause of death” may vary a lot depending on how you count things.

President Trump thinks that our statistics on coronavirus deaths are higher than they should be. Most doctors though think that the mortality rate due to coronavirus is significantly under-rated.

Testing all over the U.S. is beginning to show that millions of Americans have probably caught the virus, and a fair number of these people never even knew that they had the virus.

I’m not sure what to think.

If I had to put money on it, my guess is that the mortality statistics in the United States are understated.

Keep the distance everybody. Wave cheerfully from a distance. Good luck.

And if you are a praying kind of person, send out prayers for all your friends and neighbors.

Mike Olive