A 37-year-old man died of a drug overdose last week- and his addition to California’s COVID-19 death toll is raising some eyebrows.
The man, who tested positive for coronavirus but ultimately died of an overdose, highlights a growing concern over the number of coronavirus-attributed deaths that could possibly have happened with or without the pandemic.
The 37-year-old was the county’s youngest casualty, and his Thursday demise came at the same time a 99-year-old man perished, allegedly due to the coronavirus.
According to the VC Star, a 90-year-old woman with pre-existing health problems perished the day prior.
Interestingly, Ventura County’s OD death patient was the only one who wasn’t fifty years of age or older. The fourteen previous fatalities were mostly in their seventies and had pre-existing health problems.
The Daily Wire has reported that other forms of death, including a head injury case in Pennsylvania involving a man in his sixties, have been added to the coronavirus death tolls.
Despite statistics coming in, claims that coronavirus death tolls are being inflated go dismissed more often than not, in many cases with such claims being attributed to “conspiracy theories.”
However, White House Coronavirus Task Force Dr. Deborah Birx noted earlier this month that anyone who tests positive for the virus and dies may be included in the numbers of coronavirus deaths.
“I think in this country, we are taking a very liberal approach to mortality. And I think the reporting here has been pretty straightforward over the last five to six weeks,” she said. “If someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that.”
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