Reader Opinion: If it is not COVID-19 we are in deep doo-doo

Every month from March on had significantly more deaths than the previous years.


I have people tell me the deaths by COVID-19 are inflated and they know people have died of something else and it was attributed to COVID-19. First, COVID-19 doesn’t directly kill you. It maximizes the effects of existing diseases or causes pneumonia, heart attacks or strokes. In 2019, there were 2.6 million deaths. In 2020, there were about 3.0 to 3.1 million deaths. The 2020 numbers are not finalized. That was an increase of 400,000 parents, husbands, wives, and children or a 12% increase in people dead while our population only increased by 1%.

A lot of people have also told me that it is mostly old people dying. Well, the number of people over the age of 74 increased by 14%. The largest percentage of increased deaths were in the 25 to 44 age group. That was a whopping 28.9% with men having even a greater increase.

People under the age of 25 was only 2% while 46-64 was 14.4% and 65-74 was 21.5%.

Another interesting fact is that the months of January and February were normal. Every month from March on had significantly more deaths than the previous years. This seems to track well with the increase of COVID-19 cases, even though our doctors learned how to keep people alive.

Why did I say, “if this is not COVID-19 then we are in deep doo doo?” That means we as a country has increased deaths and we do not know why!


I got these numbers from the CDC while Donald Trump was still president.

Lately I’ve enjoyed the 60 years ago section recalling the basketball games of that year. Bob Rofidal, Russ Akre, Dale Brown, Bill Laumann — I remember well the exciting basketball those guys played.

Thanks for the memories.

Rick Anderson

Staples - WHS”63

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