The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has decided to review an estimate of global COVID19 deaths that has been released by the University of Washington. Experts from the University of Washington have said that the global death count related to the COVID19 pandemic is more than double the official figure. They have said that around 6.9 million might have died due to COVID19 infection across the world. Nearly 900000 people might have lost their lives to the disease in the US. The director of the CDC, Rochelle Walensky, has said that the agency will assess these numbers and decide whether the official death count should be revised. She has said that agency will look into the matter and will make decisions as to whether to include additional count as excess deaths or to include it as COVID-specific deaths. Walensky has said that the death count linked to this disease is not just traceable directly from COVID but it is accountable to collateral damage as well. Recently, the CDC has put out the latest official figure of COVID19 death at 57549 in the US. Later, the John Hopkins University data have shown that the figure has gone up to be 580574 deaths. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has claimed that the agency has included deaths that have been caused by COVID19 only. However, the director of the CDC has said that the official figure includes added excess deaths along with deaths that are directly attributable to COVID19.
The authors of the report have said that much higher estimates of death count show an undercount of deaths that have not been counted as many countries have been underreporting their death toll. These countries have not counted people who have lost their lives outside hospitals or without being tested positive for the disease. According to the new report, the global death count and the death toll in the US seem to be undercounted. In the light of the new estimate, Rochelle Walensky has asked experts to revise its official death figure. Other estimates from the agency as well have hinted at a higher overall death figure due to the pandemic. The excess death tracking of the CDC has said that there are as many as 162400 more deaths than what has been perceived during the pandemic barring the deaths that are directly attributable to the virus. The IHME has noted that most deaths go uncounted in many countries, as the officials record those deaths that have happened in the hospitals or due to positive infection. Experts from the IHME have compared anticipated deaths due to all causes based on pre-pandemic trends with the actual count of all deaths amid the pandemic to estimate the total count of deaths due to COVID19. The IHME is a self-governing health research institute that offers comparable estimates of health issues of the world. The federal officials have said the reports released by the IHME are closely monitored by the public health officials. The health organization has said that the data has shown the true impact of the pandemic that is majorly worse than what has been reported so far.
The report has revealed that the US has the highest number of deaths linked to COVID19 in the world with 905289 deaths so far, while the officials have reported only 580000 deaths. The authors of the report have said India and Mexico each is estimated to have more than 600000 victims of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is three times higher than the tallies released by the World Health Organization (WHO). They have said that the UK has seen nearly 209661 deaths linked to the COVID19 pandemic that is 60000 more than the official count. Experts have measured the death toll in the UK via examining death certificates. They have estimated only 150000 COVID fatalities since the pandemic has started in the UK. The report released by the University of Washington has revealed that their estimates do not include deaths that are caused by the other factors of the pandemic such as the failure of the health care system. The authors of the report have said that even without adding excess deaths, the COVID19 pandemic remains one of the most dreaded pandemics in history. Health experts have said that the bubonic plague that is known as Black Death remains the most deadly of all Adiseases. It has claimed the lives of around 200 million people in the 14th century. Smallpox has been termed as the second deadliest pandemic in history. The disease has killed more than 56 million people for over more than 400 years. It has been eliminated in 1980. The director of the CDC Rochelle Walensky as well has accepted that the number of people, who have died and tagged as collateral damage of the pandemic due to lack of care or severity of disease, is much higher. The data have shown that somewhere between 567743 to 690138 excess deaths have happened from all causes during the COVID crisis in the US.