FOIA Request Shows Only 17,371 Deaths In England & Wales Can Be Solely Attributed to COVID

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In Brief

  • The Facts:
    • A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request has revealed that 17,371 people in England and Wales died solely from COVID.

    • The data represents numbers recorded from the beginning of 2020 up until the end of September 2021.

    • These people had no other causes listed on their death certificates.

  • Reflect On:

    Why are journalists not discussing what this could mean? The majority of people who have died with COVID have had multiple other causes listed on their death certificates. Why haven't we taken a more focused protection plan to protect the vulnerable?

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A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request released at the end of 2021 reveals the total number of people who died of COVID without any pre-existing conditions in England and Wales. That number is 17,371 people from the beginning of 2020 up until the end of September 2021. 

Breaking it down by each year, in 2020 there were 9,400 people that died of COVID who otherwise had no pre-existing conditions. In 2021 there were 7,971 people that died of COVID who otherwise had no pre-existing conditions. It’s important to mention that these numbers do not include the remainder of the year from October to December of 2021. 

This means that in the last quarter of 2021, the amount of deaths that would need to take place to match 2020 would be around 1,429. Which is not far off from the 1,142 deaths that occurred from July to September in 2021 in the third quarter of the year.

The average age of those who died solely from COVID was 82.5 years of age, while the national average life expectancy is 79 years old for men, and 82.9 years of age for women. This means that life expectancy for men is actually lower than the average age of those who died from COVID without other underlying causes.

It is important to note that there was a drop in life expectancy for men of around 7 weeks throughout the pandemic. This being the first drop since the early 1980. Surprisingly, the life expectancy for women actually increased in the UK by half a week.

As a reference, during the Spanish flu the life expectancy dropped by around five years in the United Kingdom. With some reports out of the United States showing a drop in life expectancy up to 12 years for both men and women in 1918.

This information should not downplay the many deaths of those with pre-existing illnesses, disease and overall health problems that died with COVID. The elderly and vulnerable matter and protection should be focused on them as outlined in The Great Barrington Declaration.

Furthermore, many are confusing what this number means, thinking COVID was not a factor in the deaths of people with other underlying health conditions. COVID was likely a factor for some, but perhaps not all. The challenging question with this data is, and has always been, how many people die ‘with’ COVID vs ‘of’ COVID. If one tests positive for COVID while in hospital for something else, should they be a COVID death? This has never really happened with other viruses, like RSV or the flu for example.

In the United States, 95% of people who have died with COVID-19 have had at least 1 comorbidity listed as the cause of death. The average is 4 comorbidities.” Here in Ontario, Canada, health authorities have admitted to marking deaths as a COVID death when it’s not even clear if COVID was the cause.

There still needs to be a discussion and breakdown of these numbers, what they mean and how to interpret them.

Throughout the pandemic the legacy media has been constantly flashing numbers, without perhaps giving people context or clear references to stand on. It is not that the numbers shared are necessarily wrong per say. It is just a question of focus and if the information is well rounded.

See below the most recent counts of deaths in the United Kingdom on their official website as of when this article was written.

When looking at these numbers do you think it would be important to include the number of people that have died from COVID without any other underlying conditions? Again, the official UK number for this is 17,371 in England and Wales from 2020 to the end of September 2021.

Why are journalists not discussing what this could mean and how to understand more deeply what is taking place in our world when so many people clearly have chronic health issues that make them vulnerable to a virus with a high survival rate.

Finally, with a more well rounded view of those that are dying from and with COVID, do certain policies and mandates still make sense?

Update: A previous title said “in the UK”. This data only applies to England and Wales.

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