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As @SteveDeaceShow says, "Assume you're being lied to." Here's a summary of Florida District 8 medical examiner reports on COVID-19 deaths from @AlachuaCounty: 39 reports, all but 5 list COVID-19 pneumonia or infection as primary cause of death, but... (1/8)
80% (31 of 39) have 4 or more co-morbidities; only 2 list <3 (81 & 82 y/o with dementia); most common: hypertension (31), heart/circulatory disease (30), diabetes (24), kidney disease (15); 17 in long term care facilities; median age was 78; 90% (35 of 39) were 65 or older (2/8)
Discontinuity between state data systems; @HealthyFla case line data (8/18) has 29 C19 deaths in @AlachuaCounty (59 in all of ME District 8); From 39 ME reports 12 can't be matched to case line data; specific examples of "COVID" deaths follow... (3/8)
Example 1: 71 y/o male had fall on 4/6 that caused a C5-C7 quadriplegia; family complained of "altered mental status," "worsening confusion," and multiple falls at home between 7/28-29. Tested positive for COVID-19 at hospital 7/29; died late that evening. (4/8)
Example 2: 79 y/o female; asymptomatic for C19 but had +test in ER; went for lower extremity pain, diarrhea, and inability to ambulate for several days; "extensive medical history" with 13 contributory factors included congestive heart failure & kidney failure (5/8)
Example 3: 84 y/o woman in hospital since early June for L1 compression fracture & acute kidney injury; discharged mid-July & readmitted on 7/24 with thrush, vaginal yeast infection, leukopenia, & malnutrition; asymptomatic, but +test in ER on 7/24; passed on 7/29 (6/8)
Example 4: 85 y/o woman admitted for "debridement of worsening necrotic heel and sacral wounds," +test for COVID-19 the next day; died 2 days later with COVID as primary cause; had 6 contributory factors listed (7/8)
Example 5: 50 y/o diabetic man with no COVID-like symptoms; called 911 for chest pain; cardiac arrest on way to hospital; had "acute renal failure and a CT of the head revealed severe cerebral edema;" had +test in ER and died 2 days later (8/8)
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