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New York’s Coronavirus Death Toll Could Be Far Worse Than What’s Being Reported

Accuracy on the number of people who are dealing with a COVID-19 infection has been up for debate. Some feel that the number of cases may be lacking while others are fearing it may be more than what agencies are showing the public. And it appears this is something that has become a concern for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

One of the regions with alarming cases of COVID-19 is New York. Between mid-March and May, about 24,000 people have died, more than what researchers would expect in a season, the Belfast Telegraph reported. That is roughly about 5,300 deaths compared to what has been attributed to the virus of the same period.

The data gathered was based on the figures available from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. But as most know, the accuracy of getting factual numbers has been heavily criticized. There are several factors in play such as timely transmittal of the numbers and the confirmation of cases based on reports. With most medical personnel cramming to aid people in need, the priority is to address the ones in need and trying to save as many lives as possible.

Regardless, if the numbers are accurate or not, the excess deaths remain a cause for alarm. It proves that some people are not getting timely attention, not to mention raising the problem of having insufficient medical facilities, personnel and equipment to help people in this time of crisis.

As far as properly classifying deaths, another complication seems to be in play. Deaths are resulting from heart disease and diabetes. However, the proper attribution on whether this should be tagged as a COVID-19-related death or not is another issue some critics see. Some might not be recognized as linked to the coronavirus, yet another constraint that adds to the accuracy of coronavirus-related deaths.

"The counting of confirmed and probable COVID-19–associated deaths might not include deaths among persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection who did not access diagnostic testing, tested falsely negative, or became infected after testing negative, died outside of a health care setting, or for whom COVID-19 was not suspected by a health care provider as a cause of death," according to a report on a recent study from the CDC via NBC news.

New York and COVID-19 New York recorded the highest number of COVID-19 patients in the U.S. Crowded poor neighborhoods such as the Bronx and Queens are at an unfair disadvantage says a new study conducted by Columbia University. Pixabay

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