We are all going to die, however, it’s now unlikely it will be from Covid.
Here’s what the BBC, Sky, and ITV won’t tell you.
Let’s bring some proportionality and reason to the Covid crisis. It is vitally important — whatever your views on Covid, lockdowns, masks, etc — that the extremely one-sided mainstream news coverage is balanced with some measure of scrutiny. Critically, this report focuses on one subject.
Covid deaths in relation to all deaths — what do we usually die from?
In order to give readers something meaningful, I have grouped some of the causes of death below. For example, I grouped the many different types of cancer into one category.
The top 30 causes of death in England and Wales in 2019 — annual totals and deaths per day
Where does Covid-19 now sit in the list above? Way down at no.23
The latest official data from the ONS (the only reasonably reliable source — see below) is for the week ending 21 May 2021. In that week there were 66 Covid deaths in England and Wales, which is 9.4 per day. This has subsequently fallen further but I don’t yet have the figures.
Not only do ‘deaths from Covid’ not make it into the top 10, but they also do not even make it into the top 20. Deaths due to Covid are at №23, just below appendicitis. The average of daily deaths from ’flu and pneumonia in 2019 is eight times the current daily average of Covid deaths. Technically I should have listed the main categories of cancers separately, which would have pushed deaths from Covid out of the top 30 altogether.
Does anyone care about cancer?
In England and Wales in 2019, an average of 413 people died each day of cancer. This means that an average of almost 2,900 people in England and Wales are dying each week from this horrific disease. This compares with 66 deaths from Covid in the latest week’s ONS figures.
The data for deaths by all causes have not yet been released for 2020, but deaths from cancer last year will have been at least double those from Covid-19.
We are all now hearing about increased deaths from cancer as a direct result of the focus of the NHS on Covid. People have gone undiagnosed until it is too late and by the time the cancers have eventually been detected they have metastasized and are fatal. I have first-hand knowledge of this happening as the guy who cleans my windows five months ago knocked on my door when halfway through cleaning my windows and asked if I had a few paracetamols that I could give him as he could hardly walk. We got talking and it turned out that he had been in pain for quite a few weeks and because doctors were only taking phone call consultations because of Covid 19 no one had seen him. The doctor thought he had pulled a muscle with him going up and down ladders all day and advised him to see a Physio. After four weeks of it getting worse the Physio referred him back to the doctor, who in turn told him to just rest it. A month ago he came to clean my windows and again we got talking and it turned out that it was Prostrate Cancer which because it was not diagnosed promptly the Cancer had got into his bones. The jury is out for the moment as to if he will survive Covid kills alright, however not in the way we expect. This tragedy will grow in numbers over the coming months and years, as the figures start to come out.
Are the figures for ‘Covid deaths’ on the news remotely accurate?
The only reasonably reliable data for ‘deaths due to Covid’ comes from the Office for National Statistics, NOT the NHS. The reason is simple: the daily data from the NHS which is reported in the news includes deaths where Covid was not the cause of death. By contrast, the ONS now reports ‘deaths due to Covid’, i.e. where Covid was the main cause.
NHS ‘Covid deaths’:
People who died of something else (eg a car accident) but who tested positive for Covid in the last 28 days
People who died of something else but where a doctor mentions Covid on the death certificate, without a positive test result for Covid
The NHS continues to refer to total deaths since Covid began, whereas all normal statistics are quoted annually
The latter point is never mentioned but is important. This is the first time that deaths associated with one disease are presented as an accumulative total across year ends, making comparisons impossible. Naturally, this results in an inflated figure for Covid-19.
The news organisation always want to use the latest data each day so they use the false NHS data which grossly inflates the numbers. I say ‘false’ because the World Health Organisation explicitly states that only deaths ‘due to Covid’ should be counted. In the latest week, this meant the figures from the ONS were cut by a third compared to the NHS figures. All of this helps to explain why the news channels talk of the UK having one of the highest Covid death rates in the world. It doesn’t.
Has the broadcast media completely forgotten that people die every day of a great many causes other than Covid?
For well over a year now, the British public has been fed a daily diet of gruesome and fear-inducing news about Covid-19. On the 24-hour news channels, it has been incessant. One glaring omission in the news output over the last 16 months has been that of context. I believe context matters. Without context, you don't get the true picture of anything never mind this topic.
The example I have chosen is a tricky one: mortality and the reasons for it. Normally no one likes talking about death, but then I have heard a lot about deaths ‘from’ Covid for a long time now, so has everyone else, so perhaps I might be forgiven for giving some facts about death in general.
It is only by putting death into context that we can all assess whether the measures taken as a result of Covid-19 — and still be considered after 21 June — are proportionate or not.
The TV news does not report deaths from cancer, dementia/Alzheimers, or heart disease
Not only does the broadcast news from the BBC, Sky, and ITV not report deaths from other causes each day, it does not report the huge number of ‘cases’ of all these diseases and conditions. So why does it continue to focus on ‘cases’ (which are not cases at all and should properly be called ‘positive test results) of Covid-19 when the number of Covid deaths is so low? And yes, I do understand the difference between communicable diseases such as ’flu and Covid, and conditions such as cancer.
For the last year some medical professionals have been raising the alarm about a big jump in deaths from cancer, heart conditions, and many other conditions, as a result of people not getting treatment whilst the NHS was so focused on Covid. Finally, some of these professionals are able to speak publicly. I can only hope that the appropriate media coverage is given to this.
Over the past three years, I have attempted to redress the balance of the heavily pro-EU Establishment in the UK, by providing carefully researched official facts which contribute to readers’ understanding of a more complete picture. In many cases, these facts have completely destroyed the anti-Brexit arguments of the UK Establishment. Now for the less positive side. Covid. I know that the majority of the country supports lockdowns and all the other measures which have been taken, and which have decimated the concept of a free and democratic society. I leave it up to readers to make up their own minds about what I report. In my study above I hope I have provided some illuminating facts which you will not read elsewhere. My intention has been to provide context, sense, and proportionality to the whole Covid issue.
I feel it’s time to throw off the shackles and return to normal life pre-Covid. Nevertheless, I respect all views. The important thing is to know the facts to inform opinions and the debate.
Sources: Office for National Statistics — Nomis | NHS