During the 2017-2018 flu season, more than 80,000 Americans died from the flu, including 180 babies.
Over 80,000 Americans Died of Flu Last Winter, Highest Toll in Years – The New York Times
According to CDC’s influenza page, as of April 4, 2020 the US had already recorded between 24,000 and 62,000 flu deaths.
2019-2020 U.S. Flu Season: Preliminary Burden Estimates | CDC
But the CDC COVID-19 page says there have only been 6,605 flu deaths this year. So apparently COVID-19 has retroactively cured tens of thousands of people.
Provisional COVID-19 Death Counts by Sex, Age, and State | Data | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This isn’t a conspiracy and it’s not covid related – it’s like this every year. They don’t know the exact number of flu deaths for the same reason they don’t know the exact number of covid 19 deaths – most people who die from flu don’t get tested; lots of people with flu like symptoms don’t have the flu; pneumonia and flu are mostly indistinguishable without a flu test; some people who die *with* flu actually have many other health problems; etc. So their flu death numbers are based on models that look at how many were sick/died/etc and try to estimate how many deaths were from flu. Hence the wide ranges.
The CDC data table OTOH is not a model. It’s based on actual death data and as you can see, it massively undercounts the number of flu deaths (the model isn’t perfect of course, but it’s much closer to reality). You can find this same table (minus covid 19 columns) for years in the past and it’s always like this – the table is way too low.
Even though I had the flu shot I got and it got into my lungs, I was miserable, as a life long asthmatic I had to use my emergency inhaler to the max. Came very close to being hospitalised. I believe I had COVID in March it was only in my lungs lightly. Thank God for that
They purposely count COVID in a manner that makes it appear worse than it is. It would be interesting to see what the annual flu death tallies would be if they used the same metric they use with COVID.
Not just death tallies. Stories of fraudulently inflated Covid19 “cases” are so common it’s almost a proverb.
Nobody ever before thought of counting every family member as an influenza “case” when little Billy came down with the flu. But apparently such calculations have been done during the Covid19 error.
Never before was there mass testing for influenza “cases,” let alone every patient that entered hospital for other reasons, then recorded them as “influenza” cases, whether or not they showed any signs or were even actually positive. Apparently that has also happened during this Covid19 error.
Nobody ever before thought of writing the cause of death of an end-stage emphysema patient as influenza. Apparently this kind of sleight-of-hand has happened in the Covid19 error. Before the new rules, when the patient expired, it may have been from pneumonia, but the cause of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD – the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.).
New rules, new ways of calculating cases. We’re living in the error of Covid19 – the latest 2+2=5.
Josh, your comment makes no sense. Both sets if data are CDC data, and apparently the CDC Cov19 data assigned vastly more deaths to Cov19 then flu deaths. ( Like 18000 to 55000 flu deaths are now Cov19 deaths)
Tony, The date ranges in the two datasets are completely different.
The top graphic shows data from Oct. 1 2019 to Apr. 4 2020.
The bottom dataset shows data from Feb. 1 2020 to Aug. 8 2020.
I don’t think you can compare these and draw any conclusion.
COVID-19 vs the Flu
In some ways, COVID-19 is worse than the Flu, and in others it’s not, but on balance it seems comparable, or milder. That’s puzzling.
We have a vaccine for the Flu, but not for COVID19, so unless the Flu vaccine doesn’t work, that virus is far worse. As many as receive it each year should give the rest of us herd immunity; you know, like they claim the COVID19 vaccine will. The logic seems flawed. Why, if massive Flu vaccination doesn’t stop the Flu in it’s tracks, would a COVD19 vaccine stop that virus? It doesn’t add up.
So, is the Flu vaccine just not effective, in which case it’s a waste of time that carries it’s own risks, or would a COVID19 vaccine really improve matters any?
A related question is, given that COVID19 has no natural reservoir, why vaccinate AFTER the pandemic is over? Since it was most likely knocked off in a lab (yes, most of the evidence points to that), it’s probably a one-of, and vaccinating after the fact is like the proverbial closing the barn door after the horse has left.
I feel like they are playing a shell-game with us.
Con – “Which cup is the pea under?”
Mark – “None of them. There is no pea!”
8/13 joannenova.com.au blog had a WHO chart of worldwide reported diseases comparison for May – July 2019 and 2020. Reportable influenza for 2019 over 158,000 for 2020 only 632.
MIT reported chance of contracting Covid on a full airliner to be 1 in 4300 if everyone is masked and 1 in 7700 if masked with empty center seats.
CDC site is mostly estimates prefaced with caveats. With today’s technology accurate, current data should be available. I do not trust CDC nor WHO.