re: #317 Renaissance_Man
Well, politifact claims that’s false.
But I think they’re bending over backwards to do it. They say that the current year’s figures count all causes on the death certificate, where historical data only give the underlying cause of death.
The historical data shows about 918 deaths a year from pneumonia. So far this year it’s 1,762 deaths from COVID-19 and 5,185 from pneumonia. So, if the underlying pneumonia rate was unchanged that’d be (ignoring the fact that we’re nowhere near the end of the year) about 918 deaths from “normal” pneumonia, 1,762 deaths from covid-19 and 2,505 deaths from some mysterious pneumonia that came from nowhere.
Politifact: mostly bollocks.
(Edit: “say”, not “sat”. Gotta keep it clear for people making the comprehensive collection of my witty, incisive pronouncements).