Johns Hopkins University deleted a scholarly study that found that the number of deaths reported from the coronavirus is wildly inflated.
The number of deaths across the world is reportedly at 1.5 million, but the study published by the university on November 22 found that the claims about coronavirus deaths is just not factual.
At one point, for instance, the study says, “in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States.”
The study added:
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After retrieving data on the CDC website, Briand compiled a graph representing percentages of total deaths per age category from early February to early September, which includes the period from before COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. to after infection rates soared.
Surprisingly, the deaths of older people stayed the same before and after COVID-19. Since COVID-19 mainly affects the elderly, experts expected an increase in the percentage of deaths in older age groups. However, this increase is not seen from the CDC data. In fact, the percentages of deaths among all age groups remain relatively the same.
Indeed, the author of the study noted that the numbers only seem higher because older people naturally die in far greater numbers than young people, so the supposed COVID numbers are skewed.
Briand’s insisted that the range of deaths among older people has remained within the range of past years. COVID did not cause the deaths to perceptibly rise.
The study found that the three biggest causes of deaths was from heart disease, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia. But these causes went down when COVID deaths increased in older people. In other words, the number of deaths was still fairly even compared to past years.
“This trend is completely contrary to the pattern observed in all previous years,” the study said. In fact, “the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19.”
Briand concludes that the COVID-19 death toll in the United States is misleading and that deaths from other diseases are being categorized as COVID-19 deaths.
But only a few days after all this was published, Johns Hopkins University suddenly deleted it.
For now, you can still see the study on the Internet back-up service called the Wayback Machine.
After questions flooded in, the university finally claimed that the study was flawed but did not explain how.
Though making clear the need for further research, the article was being used to support false and dangerous inaccuracies about the impact of the pandemic. We regret that this article may have contributed to the spread of misinformation about COVID-19.
— JHU News-Letter (@JHUNewsLetter) November 26, 2020
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