Dying WITH Omicron is not the same as dying FROM Omicron, and being in hospital with it says nothing either, if you don’t know a patient’s age, history, comorbidities etc.
All very true, but where does the with/from distinction leave us? It’s a tricky question. What happens when a person’s death is caused by a combination of things? Suppose a person has diabetes, Covid, and hypertension and all of these are working together to make someone sick enough to die — but the person would have gone on living with two of those three conditions. How do you count that death? Do you just pick one of the three? Do you say “cause unknown”? Do you list all three contributing causes? If you do that, how should the statistic be counted? As 1 Covid death? 0 Covid deaths? Or 1/3 of a Covid death? Or do you just leave it up to the doctor’s judgment?
I am not sure what the answer ought to be.
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