I’ve written about this happening in NYC. It’s a key reason why the City was initially undercounting the number of deaths from the disease. If you died before going to the hospital and you hadn’t been tested beforehand for coronavirus then your death didn’t count towards the official numbers. That’s now been changed, with New York including “probable” COVID deaths in the data, but the phenomenon of mystery deaths happening at home has plagued every country with a major outbreak. The Daily Mail has a story out just today, in fact, about a 51 percent increase in the number of deaths at home in the UK since the epidemic there began.
The Times recently looked at data on deaths from all causes in 12 different countries and found that 36,000 more people have died over the past month than the total of official COVID-19 deaths in those countries. Not all of those people died at home, I’m sure, but it stands to reason that many did since normally doctors will have some sense of what caused someone’s death if they’re treating them in a hospital.
Why is it happening? What’s going on with these people that leaves them dead before EMTs arrive?