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Wait, what? NYC counting people who were presumed to have died of Wuhan virus but never tested positive.

Science – or something…

The New York Times reported last night that the New York City Health Department revised their Wuhan virus deaths to “include people who had never tested positive for the virus but were presumed to have died of it.”

That now puts the Wuhan virus death count in NYC above 10,000.

According to the story, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the commissioner of the city Health Department, said while these so-called excess deaths were not explicitly linked to the virus, they might not have happened had the outbreak not occurred, in part because it overwhelmed the normal health care system.

“What New Yorkers are interested in, and what the country is interested in, is that we have an accurate and complete count,” Dr. Barbot added. “It’s part of the healing process that we’re going to have to go through.”

She also noted that “more study was needed.”

Read the whole NYT story here.

Nothing says “accurate” in science more than “presumed” and “not explicitly linked.”

DCG

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