When we think of the word Hi-jacked, we know that one of the meanings is that something has been diverted from its original purpose. Usually, that carries with it a negative connotation. Same with Car-jacked, someone has taken or stolen our car. Really negative connotation there…but what about Head-jacked?

Head-jacked means that someone or thing has sold us a bill of goods or taken advantage of us somehow by lying to us and selling us something that is untrue. Lately, I have been feeling a bit Head-jacked.

I have been reading an article by Yanni Gu in the John Hopkins Newsletter entitled, “A Closer Look at U.S. deaths due to Covid- 19.”She then talks about a study done at John Hopkins University by a Genevieve Briand, Assistant Program Director of the Applied Economics Master Degree Program. In her webinar titled “Covid- 19 Deaths: A Look at U.S. Data,” Briand analyzes the data from the CDC looking at deaths from February 1, 2020 and September 5, 2020. 

When she analyzed the data, she expected to see a much higher percentage of deaths in older people, but it was not the case. Her statistics show that for older people and in fact people of every age category, the percentages of deaths remain about the same.

Briand then looked at data from 2014 to 2020. She noticed that there was a seasonal increase in deaths as a result in deaths by all causes, with the top three being heart disease, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia. 

What she noticed that in 2020, instead of the usual causes of deaths, most deaths were listed as Covid-19. She talks about the over-exaggeration of the number of Covid-19 related deaths and overlooking the deaths by natural causes in our society.

From her statistical data, she states that, “All of this points to no evidence that Covid-19 created any excess deaths. The total numbers are not above the normal death numbers. We found no evidence of the contrary.”

Briand also states, “If (the Covid-19 death toll) was not misleading at all, what we should have observed is an increased number of heart attacks and increased Covid-19 numbers. But a decreased number of heart attacks and all the other death causes doesn’t give us a choice but to point to some misclassification.”

The above five paragraphs are mostly direct quotes from the article. I personally have looked at the graphs and thought about this article a lot. I know that Covid-19 is real and is especially lethal for those over a certain age and for those with co-morbidity factors. What I don’t understand is why the numbers are being exaggerated.  

If those in charge of the health care system in America want the public to take the Covid-19 crisis seriously, perhaps they should start by being straight with the public about the numbers, both of the deaths and the causes. They will then get the respect they are looking for and a better chance of the public’s compliance. Otherwise they leave the public with the perception that they are being Head-jacked.

Note: Since this was published a few hours ago, two people have sent me statistics that contradict this study. They are “How Covid-19 Deaths are Counted” in Scientific American and “Study of Non Covid-19 Deaths Show Increase in Several Demographics” in Science Daily….Please check them out. The best things that we can all do is be as informed as possible!

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