Home Covid-19 Weekly Hospital Deaths Fall Below Average - An Irrelevance

Weekly Hospital Deaths Fall Below Average – An Irrelevance

Author

Comments

Sure and it’s nice to know that the number of deaths in British hospitals is now below average for the time of year. After all, we’d rather like that to happen in the middle of a pandemic – it might indicate that we’re getting on top of said virulence. However, the actual number being presented is an entire irrelevance. Even, a misdirection. For the British hospital system ls largely closed to anyone not suffering from Covid-19. Yes, a rhetorical exaggeration but not by all that much.

Meaning that we want to know the total number of excess deaths, not those in hospital alonealone:

Excess deaths in hospitals have fallen to below the five year average, new Government data has shown, suggesting that coronavirus is no longer killing more people than would be expected at this time of year.

For the week ending May 8, the number of deaths in hospitals for all causes was 114 lower than the five-year average for the same week.

The number of excess deaths in care homes is still more than 2,000 higher than the normal level, but it has decreased by 2,247 deaths from 4,331 in the previous week.

How lovely. But this is not enough. For there are not two places that people die but three. In hospitals, in care homes and not in hospitals or care homes. We have effectively closed down the NHS for things that are not coronavirus. Cancer treatments, for example, are not happening. Some will undoubtedly die as a result of their not. People are -reportedly at least – not rocking up to A&E when their heart has an attack or two, turning entirely survivable tweaks into the beginnings of heart failure – that’ll kill some along the way.

We can also imagine that cases that would go into hospital now do not. Some of these will make a difference, some not, some will be deaths that could have been delayed by treatment, some won’t be.

It is actually theoretically possible that we’re killing more people of not-Covid-19 causes by having cleared the decks to treat Covid-19 cases than we’re saving by treating Covid-19. I’d want to see very hard evidence before concluding that we are but it is still a possibility.

So, being told that hospital deaths are below average isn’t all that useful, given that we’ve pretty much closed hospitals to an awful lot of what they normally do. We need to know the total mortalist statistics, not some cherry picked portion of them.

SUPPORT US WITH A SUBSCRIPTION?

2 COMMENTS

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

expunct

in British English
expunct (ɪkˈspʌŋkt)
VERB (transitive)
1. to delete or erase; blot out; obliterate
2. to wipe out or destroy

Support Us

Recent posts

American Hyperconsumerism Is Killing Fewer People!

This report does not say what the Guardian headline writers think it does: Three Americans create enough carbon emissions to kill one person, study finds The...

Contracts Often Lag New Revenue Streams

I've been - vaguely and not with any great interest - anticipating a story like this: Scarlett Johansson sues Walt Disney over Marvel’s Black Widow...

Richard Murphy Rediscovers Monetarism

We have a delightful example of how Richard Murphy simply doesn't understand the basic nuts and bolts of the economics he wants to impose...

Vox Is Missing The Point About Having A Constitution

Not that we should be all that surprised by this from the progressives at Vox. No government- well, no one not controlled by...

So Let’s Have An Elitist Technocracy Instead!

There's been a certain amount - OK, a lot - of squealing in the US about how democracy is the ultimate value and we...

Recent comments