A study by the United States Agency for Health Statistics consistently reports 3,544 Covid-related deaths
Harvard cardiologist Harlan Krumholz says, “I do believe that continued Covid, in addition to the impact on quality of life, is causing the deaths.”
There has been a debate among experts as persistent COVID is a chronic disease. So far no study has been able to establish that it is the direct cause of death.
Scientists and health professionals in the United States are debating why hundreds of thousands of death certificates consistently identify various manifestations of COVID as the cause of death.
According to an analysis by the National Institute, there are 3,544 documents in which Covid (associated with various chronic diseases that reduce the quality of life, but is not fatal) consistently appears as the cause of death. Health Statistics. This is 0.3% of the one million deaths due to Kovid-19 in the country. The percentage was higher if the figures for June 2021 (reached 1.2%) and April 2022 (3.8%) are looked at separately. With deaths from Covid-19, people over the age of 85 consistently represent the majority of these death certificates linked to Covid illnesses.
Could the persistence of Covid be more than a chronic disease? Could this be the direct cause of death? “I am convinced that apart from the impact on the quality of life, Covid continues to cause deaths”Harvard cardiologist Harlan Krumholz, who treats such a patient, assures the exclusive media state.
“We are myopic in our view of what is persistent covid and That’s why we haven’t studied all the ways in which it is adding to the loss of life.”, stresses Dr. David Putrino of Mount Sinai Hospital, who suspects that covid is fatal not only in those who developed a severe covid, but also in some people who were initially only mildly or moderately afflicted . Furthermore, Putrino highlights that statistical studies It excludes deaths from cardiovascular complications, Despite the fact that COVID-19 is known to increase the risk of suffering from them. Nor have deaths related to mental health problems been recorded, as may be the case with some suicides, although “we know there are people with persistent Covid who are taking their own lives.”
Limitations and doubts about the study
From the CDC, the reference agency for infectious diseases in the country on which the Institute for Health Statistics relies, they acknowledge that their study has limitations arising from the way death certificates were completed. This circumstance leads some to believe that the problem may be even greater, but there are also experts who call for discretion before establishing a cause-effect relationship on the death of patients.
Doctor and popularizer Eric Topol does not believe that this link between persistent Covid and deaths can be established solely on the basis of information from death certificates and recalls that the probable mortality rate of persistent Covid has been established by other studies. Not displayed. “People are disabled, but it has not been proven that they can kill”I also tell state, He gives the example of a Covid patient who died of a heart attack a month after being diagnosed with the disease. “I would say (on his death certificate) that he had a heart attack. I can’t prove cause and effect relationship. I would consistently think of this not as a case of Covid, but as a possible complication of Covid”, he remarked.