Of course, we’re doing that here, since it’s what Russia was doing in order to claim their COVID numbers were insanely low, while conveniently ignoring the explosion in pneumonia-related deaths. Although they’ve somewhat reversed that, it seems pretty indicative of how countries with poor to no leadership have tried to trick reality into not making the crisis worse… go figure reality decided to keep on chugging while more and more people died.
Though I’m sure lots of the increase in deaths may be undocumented COVID deaths, it’s important to note that lots of the deaths aren’t directly COVID related deaths either. When the numbers first started rising, there was a sharp increase in heart attacks in (i think it was) new york. The increase was due to both more people ignoring or brushing off early symptoms of heart-related problems, and a taxed health system, and not because COVID was causing more heart problems.
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