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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
(a) T2D=tuberculosis to death?, and (b) fair enough, I'm just trying to be careful with language and statistics. Which deaths to attribute to coronavirus can get murky.
There are a lot of chronic illnesses that people live with for years or even decades. Asthma doesnít kill a lot of people, it causes them grief but itís usually manageable. Itís a risk factor for covid because asthma means chronic inflammation of the lungs, which is part of what covid does to people so starting from a bad place leads to more bad outcomes. So if a person who has asthma and has dealt with it for most of their life into adulthood catches the coronavirus and dies, it wasnít the asthma that did it.

Of course covid kills more people with risk factors for dying of covid. All diseases work like that. The flu kills people too, as Iíve heard; theyíre usually old and have other conditions, and they get counted as flu deaths. Why wouldnít people who had and managed co-morbidities and then were killed by covid be counted in the same manner?

Something that gets murky is comparing how many people died in March and April of 2019 vs 2020 because that includes people who couldn't get an ICU bed when they needed one. Like maybe somebody in a car accident who didn't even have the virus. That's murky because they wouldn't have died if it wasn't for the virus, but it isn't what killed them ... I guess you could say in cases like that the virus was a risk factor for life.
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