John’s Hopkins University maintains a website that tracks global COVID-19 cases. Unfortunately, the website’s data has also been alleged to have been weaponized in order to instill fear in people.
But, according to Just The News, the university recently published a manuscript that it highlighted in their newsletter that reveals no increase in deaths in elderly people as opposed to previous years, only to later take it down.
A University representative named Genevieve Briand said that while she believed, after reviewing the data, that coronavirus deaths are being over exaggerated, the study had to be removed because the it was contributing to misinformation about COVID-19.
The report is still available using the Way-Back Machine and here are extracts from what the manuscript says:
“Genevieve Briand, assistant program director of the Applied Economics master’s degree program at Hopkins, critically analyzed the effect of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in her webinar titled “COVID-19 Deaths: A Look at U.S. Data.”
According to study, “in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States…””
The article also points out:
Surprisingly, the deaths of older people stayed the same before and after COVID-19. Since COVID-19 mainly affects the elderly, experts expected an increase in the percentage of deaths in older age groups. However, this increase is not seen from the CDC data. In fact, the percentages of deaths among all age groups remain relatively the same.”
The article concludes:
“…When Briand looked at the 2020 data during that seasonal period, COVID-19-related deaths exceeded deaths from heart diseases. This was highly unusual since heart disease has always prevailed as the leading cause of deaths. However, when taking a closer look at the death numbers, she noted something strange. As Briand compared the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018, she noticed that instead of the expected drastic increase across all causes, there was a significant decrease in deaths due to heart disease. Even more surprising, as seen in the graph below, this sudden decline in deaths is observed for all other causes.”
You can also read the entire article and the datasets it cites here. The sad part about all of this is that John’s Hopkins University made Genevieve Briand the sacrificial lamb because, as per the newsletter’s retraction, now she is no longer considered a credible source. One wonders if the university’s ties to China were a factor.