HOT AIR – Lots of health statistics can be deceiving, especially when comparing countries to countries and even region to region.
It can be intensely frustrating when non-comparable stats are used to make a point, usually a political point.
The most obvious case is comparing infant mortality statistics between countries; the US often looks bad in these comparisons, but that is mostly due to the fact that we actually count the mortality of infants, while other countries bury the data by excluding a lot of deaths from their statistics.
A number of countries classify early deaths of infants who were live births as being stillborn, for instance. In the US we count any baby born alive who subsequently dies in our infant mortality statistics.
Another case is COVID stats, where the US ranks pretty poorly, as with infant mortality. Despite years of being told that the US government has been rigorous in properly counting COVID deaths, everybody who has a working brain should have figured out by now that the US has grossly overcounted deaths from the virus.
There are lots of reasons for that–there was an actual financial incentive to do so, with the government paying larger sums to healthcare providers for COVID patients, and paying the death expenses of those who died from COVID.
And, of course, the Establishment wanted everybody panicked and compliant, and no better way to do that than claim every motorcycle accident victim a COVID death.
Time and again cases like this have been declared anomalies, and claims that the government is overcounting COVID deaths have been “debunked.”
But as with their admission that the Hunter Biden laptop was real years after it was proven to be so, the New York Times buried their admission that the numbers were cooked deep in the bowels of a story.