Overreporting of COVID-19 as the Underlying Cause of Death: A Deeper Look

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As the world grappled with the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, a troubling question emerged: Were the reported mortality numbers truly reflective of the virus's impact, or were they inflated by a flawed reporting system?

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly had a significant impact on public health and the global economy. However, a new analysis suggests that the reporting of COVID-19 as the underlying cause of death may have been inflated, leading to an overestimation of the true mortality numbers attributed to 'the virus'.

The Epoch Times recently reported on a preprint paper published in Research Gate, which aimed to identify the discrepancy between those who truly died "from" COVID-19 versus those who died "with" COVID-19 but were still included in the U.S. COVID-19 mortality numbers. The researchers calculated an overreporting adjustment factor by comparing the ratio of COVID-19 being reported as a multiple or contributing cause of death versus an underlying cause of death on death certificates from 2020 to 2022.

The analysis revealed that COVID-19 was systematically overreported as an underlying cause of death during the pandemic by an average of about three times for all ages compared to influenza and pneumonia during the same period. Shockingly, the study found that only about 30 percent of the reported COVID-19 deaths were actually "from COVID-19" as the underlying cause.

This is not the first time concerns have been raised about the accuracy of COVID-19 death reporting. In fact, the health research website GreenMedInfo.com has been reporting on this issue since the early days of the pandemic.

In an article published on April 3, 2020, GreenMedInfo.com reported on a statement released by the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) that directed those recording death certificates to identify the cause of death as COVID-19 even when it was only "assumed to have caused or contributed to death."[1] This guideline was released on March 24, 2020, and essentially allowed for the overreporting of COVID-19 deaths without the need for confirmation.

Furthermore, in an article published on February 1, 2021, GreenMedInfo.com reported on a study by the Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge (IPAK) that found the CDC's change in death certificate recording rules in March 2020 may have resulted in an inflation of COVID-19 fatalities by as much as 16.7 times.[2] The study compared COVID-19 fatalities using the CDC's guidelines that had been in place since 2003 and those put into place in March 2020 specifically for COVID-19.

The implications of this overreporting are significant, as it has driven restrictive public health policies that have threatened health freedom and led to a rise in anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts among the population. It is crucial that accurate data be used to inform public health decisions, and the potential willful failure of the CDC to collect, analyze, and publish accurate data is concerning.

As we continue to navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to ensure transparency and accuracy in the reporting of data. The findings of these recent studies underscore the need for a thorough examination of the way COVID-19 deaths are recorded and reported, as well as the potential consequences of overreporting on public health policy and the well-being of individuals worldwide.

In conclusion, while the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly had a significant impact, the overreporting of COVID-19 as the underlying cause of death may have led to an inflated perception of the virus's true mortality rate; moreover, as the mRNA vaccines were deployed and hundreds of millions received them, side effects, including serious disability and death could be attributed to 'the virus,' further distorting the truth of the matter. It is essential that we continue to examine the data critically and push for transparency and accuracy in reporting to ensure that public health decisions are based on sound evidence and that the health and freedom of individuals are protected.


1. GMI Reporter, "The US Gov. Health Statistics Agency Directs Hospitals to Confirm Suspected COVID-19 Deaths As Confirmed," GreenMedInfo, April 3, 2020, https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/us-gov-health-statistics-agency-directs-hospitals-confirm-suspected-covid-19-death.

2. GreenMedInfo Research Group, "COVID-19 Fatalities 16.7 Times Too High Due to 'Illegal' Inflation," GreenMedInfo, February 1, 2021, https://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/covid-19-fatalities-167-times-too-high-due-illegal-inflation.

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