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US has no accurate COVID-19 death record – Experts

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UNITED States of America has come under heavy criticism on their handling of COVID-19 pandemic record following experts’ doubts on the validity of records floated so far.

  Expressing their reservations, American experts led by epidemiologist and former top World Health Organisation official, Dr. Daniel Lopez-Acuna, believe the pandemic warnings existed long before COVID-19 hit US.

  “Government reports over the past several years and a mock exercise warned of the likelihood that a pandemic could hit the U.S. and cautioned the U.S. may not be prepared for it.” They claim.

  The novel coronavirus has already claimed the lives of more than 61,000 Americans which they (experts) fear that number could be far higher at this point in the outbreak; adding that the differential could reach as high as tens of thousands.

  “In this particular epidemic, under-counting deaths are happening all over the place,” Dr. Daniel Lopez-Acuna stated. “It’s almost inevitable.”

  According to Acuna, calculating the precise number of COVID-19 deaths is remarkably complicated for a number of reasons.

  Corroborating his position, College of American Pathologists Don, Alex Williamson said more analytical data is needed to back the current information available.

  “We need to have the testing available because the big question now with COVID-19 is the denominator of anything.”

  “How many people get it? How many people recover? How many are hospitalised? How many died? We don’t know the true denominator. More testing is the most important thing we need to do.”

  Leading epidemiologists, pathologists, medical examiners, medical history professors, local, state, federal and global health officials who spoke to ABC News media have already expressed support for more testing as the single most important factor in determining an accurate national death count.

  They called on leaders to take measures right now to preserve data and medical specimens so that science has the chance to determine the precise number of people who succumbed during one of the most severe global pandemics in memory.

  Reacting to test-kits short falls in some cities; they noted that it is clear evidence that only obvious symptomatic patients are currently being tested in many places and that there is also, no uniform national system in the U.S. for investigating deaths.

  They added that until two weeks ago, the U.S. was only counting Americans whose lab-tests showed positive, before or after death, for COVID-19 while leaving out tally of people who died without being tested and those who died at home or some other non-healthcare facilities before they could seek medical care.

  “It is an extraordinary challenge. There just isn’t really the infrastructure.” President of the National Association of Medical Examiners, Dr. Sally Aiken, noted.

  Further angle to their opinion indicates that many people like Dowd, who died of a nonrespiratory COVID-19 complication early in the outbreak — before the pandemic’s impact became apparent — may never be accurately counted while less than 2 percent of all Americans have been tested for the coronavirus to date, according to White House figures of nearly 5.5 million people. It’s a figure that experts say is both higher than most nations and far lower per capita than where the U.S. should be at this point.

  “We don’t believe those estimates are accurate, nor are they reasonable. The U.S. needs to be testing 5 million people a day in June and up to 20 million by July in order to safely re-open the country. ” Giroir said.

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