- Nov 23, 2012
But we already know from excess deaths that there is a far greater undercount in the USA than overcount. We don't yet know the detail, but the trend is already clear.Directionally it doesn't matter, in this case I wouldn't use the terms "deliberate falsification", none the less it was an intentional choice , it wasn't a "forget to carry the one " mistake.
Next year the best approach will be to look back at 2020 relative to earlier years and look at excess deaths.
About 30% of COVID deaths may not be classified as such
(In general, it seems likely that countries with a much lower than average "deaths per million" from Covid (compared to similar economies/healthcare spending) will turn out to have been undercounting its effects. The USA is among those, although its rate is rising - but it seems that this is probably due to an increased death rate as the health system becomes overwhelmed by new cases, rather than to better counting methods being applied. So the worst of both worlds, in fact.)