Review of COVID death stats finds likely undercount in official numbers

February 18, 2024 ☼ coviddata

Source: MPR News (Link)

“This shows us how we underestimated surges as they were beginning,” she said. “And so people were already dying in pretty large numbers often before there was a social and institutional recognition that COVID is surging. That matters because a lot of us adjusted our behavior based on what we thought was happening.”

Wrigley-Field said that many deaths that occurred at the start of a surge may not have been attributed to the virus because those responsible for determining cause of death were likely unaware that a surge was taking place and did not test for COVID.