I’m not even talking about mistakes in noting down the cause of death.
There are other main causes of death (and illness, and handicap) that we should not forget about.
- Delayed (or not) seeking medical assistance. Patients, afraid to get infected who didn’t seek medical help for heart attacks, cerebral bleeding/strokes, hypoglycemic attacks, or other life-threatening conditions.
- The delayed receiving of medical assistance. In the overwhelmed health system, patients who got no, not enough, or too late the life-saving attention they needed.
- Substantially diminished physical activity because of prolonged quarantine.
- People, who died from suicide or substance abuse because of economical or relational panic caused by the pandemic.
- People (or their caretakers) falsely assuming they didn’t need to be protected adequately as they believed there was no pandemic, it wasn’t dangerous, they were not at risk, vaccinating was dangerous, they couldn’t take it any longer, or they felt they needed to assert their autonomy by going against official health advice.
- Stinginess or carelessness from communal, local, national, and international leaders for the fate of the people dependant on them, poopooing the seriousness, withholding information, not providing enough medical care, or vaccines.
- People, who lost a caregiver (parent) or breadwinner (parent, spouse) to the pandemic and whose health suffered from that.
- Patients not or too late seeking medical care for what they assumed were side effects of the vaccination but that weren’t.
- Medical research to stop other diseases slowed down because of all the effort that went into stopping the pandemic.
- More domestic violence.
The virus on its own could never have killed and maimed so many.
It could be, though, that also fewer people died because of:
- Less traffic and fewer workplace accidents.
- Fewer burglaries
- In Israel, there was no flu this winter.