San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond is reporting of the 200 deaths in his county attributed to the Coronavirus, only six were pure COVID deaths. In other words, the other 194 who died had underlying health issues.
In an interview with the San Diego Tribune, Desmond said:
“We’ve unfortunately had six pure, solely coronavirus deaths — six out of 3.3 million people. I mean, what number are we trying to get to with those odds? I mean, it’s incredible. We want to be safe, and we can do it, but unfortunately, it’s more about control than getting the economy going again and keeping people safe.”
“Any loss of life, for any reason, is worth preventing. Clearly, those with underlying circumstances are the most vulnerable. I believe we can keep people safe and responsibly open our businesses.”
Desmond, who has been calling for an end to the lockdown, said the government must focus its attention on protecting those most vulnerable to the virus — the elderly and those with underlying health issues.
The Journal of the American Medical Association similarly reported that 90% of the people hospitalized for COVID in New York City had underlying health problems.
This is what makes the COVID death count’s complicated.
In an Italian study of over 100 deaths during the early days of the pandemic, Silvio Brusaferro, President of the Higher Institute of Health, said only two DID NOT have underlying health issues. And because of their age, the researchers weren’t absolutely certain the two did not have other health problems.
He then added that if the other 98 or so who died had been healthy, they “would not have died from Covid-19.” READ: Coronavirus: ISS, in Italy there are only two deaths ascertained so far due to Covid-19 (NOTE: translated to English from Italian)
In other words, these people would have probably survived the virus, if they did not have the other health problems.
This leads to a question many have been asking: Should we have quarantined whole states or instead focussed all government resources on protecting the people most at risk?