COVID-19 Deaths Are Mostly Caused By Coronavirus

Why saying that only 6% of deaths are caused by the coronavirus is misleading and wrong

Gideon M-K; Health Nerd
6 min readAug 31, 2020
There are SO MANY stock photos of COVID-19 it is hard to know where to start, but this styrofoam wonder is a great one Source: Pexels

As an epidemiologist, watching the COVID-19 pandemic unfold has been a bit surreal. Terms like basic reproduction number, or R0, have gone from fairly finicky things only spoken about in the musty hallways of universities to common parlance across the globe. A paper on antibody testing, instead of being largely ignored by people with better things to do, hits the news worldwide and makes its entire author team famous. And amid all this noise, there is a constant, exhausting flow of nonsense and outright disinformation.

It feels, to a great extent, as if the world has gone mad.

Pictured: Mad, presumably. Gotta love that symbolism Source: Pexels

The latest front in this seemingly endless war on claptrap is something that has been bouncing around for a long time: that COVID-19 deaths are not actually COVID-19 deaths. The basic idea is that a lot of people who supposedly die from COVID-19 actually had other conditions like heart disease or diabetes, and so you can’t blame the coronavirus when it’s really the underlying issues that caused them to die.