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There’s Nothing Contrived About the Coronavirus Death Toll

‘They would have died anyway’ is a flawed and ugly claim

Medical staff move the bodies of Covid-19 victims from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center to a refrigerated truck on April 2, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

People who believe Covid-19 is not a big deal and is something we should just live with, like the flu, argue that the death toll is inflated because many of those who have died were old or had underlying medical conditions and would have died soon anyway.

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Robert Roy Britt

Robert Roy Britt

Health & science writer. Independent journalist covering physical health & mental wellness. My new book, “Make Sleep Your Superpower,” is coming Nov. 1.