WHO: Total Death Toll from COVID-19 Almost 15 M.- Not 6 M., Cases Up in Americas, World Covid Stats

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by Peter Sullivan

The Hill

Almost 15 million deaths were caused either directly or indirectly by COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) estimate, far higher than the previously reported total.

The estimate of 14.9 million deaths is more than double the previous figure of roughly 6 million. The new totals focuses on “excess mortality,” meaning deaths both directly caused by COVID-19 itself, and indirectly, such as when someone dies from heart attack because hospitals were overwhelmed due to the pandemic.

“These sobering data not only point to the impact of the pandemic but also to the need for all countries to invest in more resilient health systems that can sustain essential health services during crises, including stronger health information systems,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director-general, said in a statement. “WHO is committed to working with all countries to strengthen their health information systems to generate better data for better decisions and better outcomes.”

The estimate has drawn some controversy: India, for example, has disputed the methodology, which shows deaths there have been far higher than the officially reported total.

The release from the World Health Organization comes as the U.S. death toll from the virus approaches 1 million, a staggering amount itself.

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The daily number of new deaths in the U.S. has fallen to one of the lowest points of the pandemic, at around 375 per day, according to a New York Times tracker. But that is at risk of ticking up again at least somewhat as more infectious subvariants of omicron spread in the United States.

Getting vaccinated and boosted still offers important protection against severe disease and death. An analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation and Peterson Center on Healthcare found about a quarter of U.S. COVID-19 deaths, 234,000, could have been prevented if people had been vaccinated.


COVID Americas cases up, North American cases up for 5th week – PAHO

By Gabriel Araujo

and Steven Grattan

SAO PAULO, May 4 (Reuters) – COVID-19 cases in the Americas increased by 12.7% last week from the prior week, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday, as infections continued to rise in Central and North America.

The Americas reported more than 616,000 new cases last week, while the death toll was down by less than 1% in the same comparison to 4,200, the organization said. read more

PAHO’s director, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, called for stronger measures to tackle the pandemic as cases and hospitalizations rise.

“COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising in far too many places, which should prompt us to strengthen our measures to combat the virus, including surveillance and preparedness,” Etienne told a news conference.

“We must reach those who remain unvaccinated with the full COVID-19 vaccine primary series, and ensure access to boosters, especially to the most vulnerable,” she added.

According to PAHO, cases were up for the fifth consecutive week in North America, rising 19.5%. That was driven by a 27.1% increase in the United States as new infections declined in Canada and Mexico.

Central America posted a 53.4% rise in infections in the same comparison, PAHO said, while the Caribbean reported a 15.4% increase in new infections, with cases rising in 24 of the 34 countries and territories.

South America posted an overall 8% drop in new infections, even as seven of its ten countries reported increases.

Reporting by Gabriel Araujo and Steven Grattan in Sao Paulo Editing by John Stonestreet and Matthew Lewis


Those With Rare COVID-19 Vaccine Disorders Fight Against Misinformation

“Our lives are not misinformation,” said one person who’s been left with a rare chronic condition because of the COVID-19 vaccine

On November 4, 2020, Brianne Dressen walked into a Utah clinic to take part in a clinical trial for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. After the shot, her arm began to tingle and her eyes felt “weird,” she says. Her symptoms soon got worse. By the time she got to ER, she couldn’t walk or control her bladder. “It was really scary,” she says. What followed was a long nightmare of seeking care for debilitating symptoms from doctors who, she says, were dismissive of her symptoms and dubious that a vaccine could be the cause.

Adverse effects from COVID-19 vaccines are very rare but some with valid conditions say they were given short shrift by the medical establishment. This may be because of the rarity of their conditions and the newness of the vaccines but the extreme politicization of COVID-19 played a role. Many doctors, worried about spreading misinformation, have been reluctant to take complaints about severe vaccine side-effects seriously. Efforts by Dressen and others to win recognition have provided fodder for Robert Kennedy Jr., a purveyor of numerous false claims about the dangers of COVID-19 vaccines, who tweeted about it.

What happens now? As of early March, there had been at least 40,000 reports of various neurological symptoms, such as tingling (pins and needles), tinnitus and paralysis following COVID-19 vaccines logged in the CDC and FDA’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) but solid data is scarce and there is clear medical consensus that receiving a vaccine is much safer than not. For Dressen, she is still taking an IVIG infusion every other week. She’s doing better, she says. She no longer feels her heart beating out of her chest and sensations of tingling and electrical shocks have subsided somewhat. She is trying to accept that she will be living with a chronic disease.



Coronavirus Cases:



6,272,362     (WHO now Claims near 15 Million)


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= all cases have recovered from the infection
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= all cases have had an outcome (there are no active cases)

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