World's True COVID-19 Death Toll Nearly 15 Million, Says WHO
Friday May 6, 2022. 12:00 PM , from Slashdot
The measure used by the WHO is called excess deaths - how many more people died than would normally be expected based on mortality in the same area before the pandemic hit. These calculations also take into account deaths which were not directly because of Covid but instead caused by its knock-on effects, like people being unable to access hospitals for the care they needed. It also accounts for poor record-keeping in some regions, and sparse testing at the start of the crisis. But the WHO said the majority of the extra 9.5 million deaths seen above the 5.4 million Covid deaths reported were thought to be direct deaths caused by the virus, rather than indirect deaths. Yesterday, the United States officially surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths -- 'a once unthinkable scale of loss even for the country with the world's highest recorded toll from the virus,' says NBC News.
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