How a country defines a Covid-19 death correlates well with how bad their death rate is

  • Italy: defined as any death that tested positive for cov2 virus with a PCR test, at any point in time
  • UK: any positive test and later death at any later time and anywhere, after April 29, but this was later re-defined to include only deaths taking place no more than 28 days after a positive test, resulting in a significant reduction in the Covid-19 death tally in August
  • Belgium: any death suspected or tested positive (basically same ultra inclusive as US; “more than half of those deaths have been in nursing homes” and ONLY 4.5% OF THOSE deaths were actually tested)
  • Hungary: couldn’t find the definition and overall cases and deaths are extremely low anyway
  • Mexico: can’t find
  • France: any death “linked” to Covid-19, and only deaths in hospitals counted until an April 4 definition change
  • Netherlands: must have tested positive and died in a hospital
  • Chad: negligible
  • Canada: follows WHO guidelines defining any positive test and then later death as a Covid-19 death
  • Sweden: any death anywhere testing positive at any time for Covid-19 is counted as a Covid death
  • Spain: any patient who tested positive and later died anywhere
  • Liberia: negligible



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Tam Hunt

Tam Hunt


Public policy, green energy, climate change, technology, law, philosophy, biology, evolution, physics, cosmology, foreign policy, futurism, spirituality