By : Rebekah Barnett
A few days ago I noted that all cause deaths are up in Australia. Considerably up. And thus far, we’re not getting much by way of explanation except for hints at death by climate change, or gardening-induced heart disease.
The day after I posted this, The Telegraph in the UK published this article titled, Excess deaths are on the rise - but not because of Covid.
From the article, “Latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show there were 1,540 excess deaths in the week ending June 24 but only around 10 per cent were due to coronavirus.”
That leaves 90% of excess deaths unexplained.
The journalist, Sarah Knapton, cites health experts’ fears that the pandemic response, lack of access to healthcare and even the cost of living crisis may be to blame. Knapton concludes with a call from Dr Charles Levinson for a comprehensive government enquiry into this spike in excess deaths. Incredibly, she does not mention climate change as a contributing factor, despite the risks posed by hot nights.
The problem and analysis is much the same as the contents of an article written by the same journalist for The Telegraph 9 months ago, titled, Analysis: Thousands more than usual dying - and not from Covid.
In this article, Knapton offers some hard stats for the period of 2 July 2021 - 24 September 2021 indicating that the bulk of excess deaths were caused by ischemic heart disease, heart failure, circulatory diseases such as stroke and aneurysm, respiratory infections, and other complications related to liver and diabetes.
Knapton notes that the NIH’s focus on Covid response left many patients with no diagnosis or treatment for other life-threatening conditions, potentially contributing to the rise in deaths. Lack of immunity from lockdowns is another cause put forward to explain the hike in deaths related to infectious diseases in particular.
Any explanation for a problem as significant and far reaching as a steep and prolonged increase in all cause deaths is bound to be multifactorial. However, there is one huge, glaring factor that remains unspoken. No one will mention it.
And when I say no one, I mean Western Governments and mainstream media. This is what we get instead. More bamboozlement.
What a time to be alive! Exercise is deadly. Skipping breakfast will strike you down. And shovelling snow? Risky business. Is there anything that doesn’t cause heart disease these days? Or, in the past two years specifically, since our feeds are now populated with warnings of heart disease and early death on the daily?
Occam’s razor suggests that the simplest hypothesis is usually the one most worth pursuing. What has changed in the past 2 years? Has there been any sort of medical intervention that was applied to a majority of adults in Western countries? And among whose key listed side effects are heart disease and other life-threatening issues?
No, say mainstream media. We’re going to scratch around in the bottom of Mary Poppin’s magic bag for the most random selection of explanations possible and try to force these puzzle pieces together with clag glue and pure willpower. They will hold together, dammit.
The line between news and satire truly has become as thin as the edge of Occam’s razor.
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