Minnesota state Representative Mary Franson and Senator Scott Jensen conducted a little research, collecting 2800 death certificates provided by the Minnesota Department of Health. Franson had a team comb through them for causes of death.
They both had a suspicion that Covid deaths were being overcounted. Senator Jensen is himself a doctor. Well, not like Jill Biden or anything. It’s not as if he has the expertise to grade English 101 papers, he’s just a run-of-the-mill physician and so doesn’t feel right forcing you to always address him as “doctor.” “Senator” will do just fine.
He came to some notoriety back in April when he first sounded the alarm bells noting the financial incentives for attributing deaths to Covid.
We here have noted some anecdotal evidence that this has been going on.
He and Franson took a more methodical approach. As Jensen explains, typically you look to the “UCOD” or “Underlying Cause Of Death” for classification purposes. There may be a more immediate cause, say, pneumonia, but had the pneumonia come about due to some coronary issue, the UCOD would identify the coronary issue.
As he put it, you have an “immediate” cause, “intermediate” cause(s) and then an “underlying” cause. The practice the CDC had always required in classifying deaths was to use the UCOD.
That changed with Covid
“For 17 years, the CDC document that guides us as physicians to do death certificates has stood but this year we were told, through the Department of Health and the CDC, that the rules were changing if COVID-19 was involved.”
“If it’s COVID-19, we’re told now it doesn’t matter if it was actually the diagnosis that caused death. If someone had it, they died of it.“
In Minnesota, if you drown, and had Covid, you died of Covid.
If you suffer a bad fall (maybe from a ladder!) and had Covid, you died of Covid.
Stroke? Multi-organ failure? Did you test positive for Covid?
Covid, and Covid.
Those are all real examples that Franson and Jensen uncovered.
Of the 2,800 “death certificate data points” Franson’s team looked at, as many as 800 did not have COVID-19 as the underlying cause of death.
That’s a 40% overstatement or fully 28% of all deaths listed as Covid deaths were not.
This is not nitpicking and is not intended to understate the reality that 2000 people in Minnesota died of Covid, but policies are being formed based on this data, policies that have real-world implications in terms of the health and well-being of everyone.
As Jensen notes, Minnesota is not alone in this, this is a worldwide phenomenon.
If authorities want us to believe them, to trust them, to follow their edicts, it would help a whole lot if they’d stop lying to us.
You can watch the whole presentation here.