Remember how the 'rona death count went from "death from COVID" to "death with COVID"? Remember the guy killed in a motorcycle crash who was listed as a COVID death?* The panic caused an inflation of the death count, with every death breathlessly reported. So what does it take to make sure a death is not reported as from COVID?
When the death is caused not by the virus, but by the government's reaction to the virus. COVID didn’t kill Rita at age 95, despair and loneliness did:
Rita Thomas was a victim of COVID-19, but she never had the disease.
The vivacious and outgoing 95-year-old, who lived independently until last year and celebrated her most recent birthday in February with friends at a Pasco County diner, willed herself to die two weeks ago because she could no longer handle the pandemic-imposed isolation.
“She said to me: ‘Linda. I’ve had a good life. I am ready to die. I don’t want to live this way anymore. I stopped eating,’ ’’ her daughter Linda Gardner said, recalling the conversation she had with her mother in August. Weeks later, her mother was hospitalized for complications from malnutrition.
The Miami Herald almost called it straight. She was a victim of Government Policy. I say that even thought I generally think that Gov. DeSantis has done a better job on this than most Governors.
Her cause of death was listed as "failure to thrive". In reality, the State killed her graveyard dead with their unreasonable lockdown. What's unusual about Mrs. Thomas' case was that her story got published. We should ask ourselves how many other people have died, not from the virus, but from the Government's reaction to the virus. We should ask if more people are now dying from the reaction than from the virus. An honest approach to public policy would strive to give us answers to those questions. Of course, we will never have an honest assessment of the Government's reaction.
At least we're seeing a little goalpost moving: World Health Organization says lockdowns don't work. And a new study of infection rates at Amazon show no correlation between lockdowns and infection rates. And more studies show no benefits from masks than show any benefits (hat tip: Lawrence). Hey, don't be a Science Denier!
But this bit from the article made me see red:
When Rita Thomas finally saw her daughters after more than six months, “She wouldn’t let go of my hand,” said her daughter, Nan Thomas.
We had to destroy the village to save it. The bastards who did that to Mrs. Thomas have a lot to answer for, in this life or the next.
* Yeah, I know, Snopes. But even they say that this happened, although they try to spin it.