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  1. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    Well, taking into consideration a death certificate allows for "best medical opinion" or "probable" it certainly can happen. Family members don't determine the cause of death and whether or not people complain about it was not my point. The person is still dead. These days people seem to be under the misconception that science is always definite but it's not. Since you brought it up.... https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/05/12/study-nearly-half-of-all-death-certificates-are-wrong/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5692167/ https://www.todaysgeriatricmedicine.com/archive/SO17p26.shtml https://www.archivesofpathology.org/doi/full/10.1043/1543-2165%282005%29129%5B1476%3ADCEAAA%5D2.0.CO%3B2 https://www.texmed.org/Template.aspx?id=50991 https://www.mdedge.com/familymedicine/article/60314/cause-death-certification-not-easy-it-seems https://connectingdirectors.com/53879-incorrect-death-certificates Look, if someone has heart disease and was diagnosed or at least in the "best medical opinion" of the attending physician had Covid-19 and dies. Why would you only list Covid-19 as cause of death?
  2. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    That may be, but many states have also gone back to verify death certificates from earlier on and added them, which now counts as new deaths for the current reporting period. There are many articles from states (medical community) about the confusion of how to classify the cause(s) of death. So, while you can say there is under reporting you or I can also make the argument that some deaths have been counted as Covid, when that was not the actual immediate cause of death. After all, it can be just opinion.
  3. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    Not so crazy. Here are the instructions for completing a death certificate. All probable causes and opinions are supposed to be listed. So if someone has heart disease and dies from it, the doctor can also say the Covid was a contributing factor or the other way around. Instructions for Completing the Cause-of-Death Section of the Death Certificate Accurate cause-of-death information is important: • To the public health community in evaluating and improving the health of all citizens, and • Often to the family, now and in the future, and to the person settling the decedent's estate. The cause-of-death section consists of two parts. Part I is for reporting a chain of events leading directly to death, with the immediate cause of death (the final disease, injury, or complication directly causing death) on Line a and the underlying cause of death (the disease or injury that initiated the chain of morbid events that led directly and inevitably to death) on the lowest used line. Part II is for reporting all other significant diseases, conditions, or injuries that contributed to death but which did not result in the underlying cause of death given in Part I. The cause-of-death information should be YOUR best medical OPINION. A condition can be listed as “probable” even if it has not been definitively diagnosed. ITEM 32 - CAUSE OF DEATH Take care to make the entry legible. Use a computer printer with high resolution, typewriter with good black ribbon and clean keys, or print legibly using permanent black ink in completing the cause-of-death section. Do not abbreviate conditions entered in section. Part I (Chain of events leading directly to death) • Only one cause should be entered on each line. Line a MUST ALWAYS have an entry. DO NOT leave blank. Additional lines may be added if necessary. • If the condition on Line a resulted from an underlying condition, put the underlying condition on Line b, and so on, until the full sequence is reported. ALWAYS enter the underlying cause of death on the lowest used line in Part I. • For each cause indicate the best estimate of the interval between the presumed onset and the date of death. The terms “unknown” or “approximately” may be used. General terms, such as minutes, hours, or days, are acceptable, if necessary. DO NOT leave blank. • The terminal event (e.g., cardiac arrest or respiratory arrest) should not be used. If a mechanism of death seems most appropriate to you for Line a, then you must always list its cause(s) on the line(s) below it (e.g., cardiac arrest due to coronary artery atherosclerosis or cardiac arrest due to blunt impact to chest). • If an organ system failure such as congestive heart failure, hepatic failure, renal failure, or respiratory failure is listed as a cause of death, always report its etiology on the line(s) beneath it (e.g., renal failure due to Type I diabetes mellitus). • When indicating neoplasms as a cause of death, include the following: 1) primary site or that the primary site is unknown, 2) benign or malignant, 3) cell type or that the cell type is unknown, 4) grade of neoplasm, and 5) part or lobe of organ affected. Example: a primary well-differentiated squamous cell carcinoma, lung, left upper lobe.
  4. MLB Season 2020

    I'm trying to get adjusted to the crowd noise with no crowd but overall I'm happy to see baseball underway.
  5. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    I still find it interesting that the news reports can't/won't keep up. By that I mean, in the evening or morning, the headline reads "Covid-19 is straining hospitals in Arizona". Six hours later you read, Arizona data shows "outbreak is moderating and hospital visits have leveled off". Or, (insert state here) could surpass New York. I guess this is what happens when you report/track on a micro level.
  6. MLB Season 2020

    Or, they could read the hundreds of articles/stories that were already out there.
  7. What Are You Watching

    Yeah, the wife and I were looking for a new series to follow and gave it a shot. A friend of mine recommended it along with the Netflix series White Lines which I also only got through one episode of. The search continues...
  8. Charlie Daniels, R.I.P.

    RIP Charlie
  9. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    Yeah, I read similar things about the protests including the ridiculous statements from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Plenty were and are not wearing masks or have them pulled down to their chins. Besides, masks are not the magic pill. What about not being able to wash hands and touching each other? What does the science say about the level of protection when the mask is covered in perspiration? It is amazing that somehow these large gatherings have managed to be the exception for transmission possibilities.
  10. America unleashed

    What happened to your feelings about wearing masks? The slapper is clearly not wearing one.
  11. Carl Reiner passes at age 98

    A long life coupled with long active career. He was lucky. RIP
  12. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    I won't disagree but I do believe it is situation specific. If a person can be productive and accomplish their tasks in this manner, proceed. It doesn't work for me and I'm okay with that. It's also been a source of frustration conducting business these last few months when dealing with people and firms that would not normally be working from home but are doing so now. Not everybody is cut out for it.