(FiveNation.com)- Italy’s Higher Institute of Health has dramatically reduced the official COVID-19 death toll in the country – by some 97%. The decision comes after the definition of a COVID fatality changed.
According to Il Tempo, a popular Italian newspaper, the Institute chose to revise the number downward to reflect the number of people who explicitly died as a result of COVID-19, and not just the number of people who died with the infection.
It means that some 97.1% of deaths that were previously attributed to COVID-19 actually weren’t a result of the virus, but a result of comorbidities (existing conditions) that were potentially worsened by COVID-19. In many cases, people may have also died with an active COVID infection without actually knowing that they had the virus.
Out of the 130,468 deaths previously attributed to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, just 3,783 were directly attributed to the Chinese coronavirus.
The Institute said that 65.8% of Italians who died after being infected with the virus already had arterial hypertension or high blood pressure. Some 23.5% already had dementia, 29.3% had diabetes, and 24.8% had atrial fibrillation. A further 17.4% of people had lung conditions, 16.3% were fighting cancer or had previously had cancer in the last five years, and 15.7% had previous heart failures.
What does this mean?
Well, it doesn’t mean the virus doesn’t exist and doesn’t kill people – but it does mean that the virus is not as capable of killing people who do not have comorbidities as many people think.
If this decision by the Higher Institute of Health was also made by the world’s biggest governments, then the official COVID-19 death toll globally would be reduced by a margin of more than 90% – and it would effectively deny the politicians the ammunition they need to convince people that authoritarian lockdowns are a good idea.