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Statistician slams official COVID-19 data as ‘incongruence’ at National Citizens inquiry

The first of three days of the National Citizen’s Inquiry’s (NCI) British Columbia heard testimony from a statistician said that the provinces own data showed COVID-19 was no more dangerous than the flu.

“With the number of people who died within the median age of death, it’s very unlikely that none of them had comorbidities,” William Munroe testified on Tuesday. “COVID-19 itself can be seen as more of an irritant at the end of life rather than life-threatening. Influenza, it can kill young and old. It’s no comparison.”

On its website the National Citizen’s Inquiry (NCI) says it’s a “citizen-led and citizen-funded initiative that is completely independent from government.” The inquiry was launched to scrutinize how and why pandemic measures were imposed by all levels of government and how it impacted Canadians fundamental freedoms and rights, health, social wellbeing and the right to prosperity.

Munroe who started up the Populations Projections Project in 2007 also worked for the British Columbia Statistics Agency and said the “incongruity” with the Covid-19 messaging being fed to the public.

Munroe said while analyzing the province’s COVID-19 statistics starting in March 2020, according to the report released by the British Columbia health authority Covid-19 wasn’t as deadly and scary as it was claimed to be. The vast majority of deaths between January 2020 and March 23, 2020 were elderly people over the age of 70.

“It was obvious to anybody who looked at the data from British Columbia and also data from China from January and February that this was age-specific, and the median age of death was as old, if not older than [Canada’s average] life expectancy,” he said.

In the situational report December 2020 revealed the majority of deaths were in the elderly and still no children have died from Covid-19 after 12 months of data collection.

Reported by Global News in 2021 “According to Statistics Canada, the average age at death in Canada in 2019 was 76.5. However, the average age of those who died of COVID-19 in Canada last year was higher at 83.8.”

Munroe added that the COVID-19 definition was “malaligned” with the prior definition of disease cases because Canadians had to be sick to be included as per the previous definition. He also pointed out the misleading statistics when it came to reporting from including asymptomatic cases and counted individuals that died with Covid-19, meaning the desisted was counted as a death caused by Covid-19 even though the cause was something entirely different.

As the situational reports continued to roll out, the statistics on deaths were presented as cumulative statistics combining died with Covid-19 and died from Covid-19 into one statistic.

At the 24 month mark, 2 years in to the Covid-19 pandemic the British Columbia Covid-19 situational report for December 19 – December 25, 2021 revealed in a cumulative report for the date range Jan 15, 2020 – Dec 25, 2021 that children are still very low risk of dying from Covid-19 while the elderly 70+ still represented the vast majority of deaths from Covid-19.

In the British Columbia Covid-19 situational report November 20 – November 26, 2022 B.C. begins to split the statistics into their respected groups; died from Covid and another died with Covid. The new groups consist of underlying cause of death (UCD) as COVID-19 and underlying cause of death (UCD) as non-COVID-19 for the reporting period of Jan 15, 2020 – Nov 26, 2022.

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Jordan is a casual reporter for BC Rise


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