Are COVID-19 Victims Already "on Death Row"?
Bulletin 10 | By Matthew Edwards
Although many COVID-19 deaths involve those with chronic health problems (e.g. diabetics), such health problems are normal at high ages. People with managed conditions such as diabetes, even in the presence of adverse risk factors (e.g. obesity, smoking) would generally have several years of life expectancy at high ages.
The contention that the majority of this year’s COVID-19 victims would have died this year absent the coronavirus is incorrect.
Furthermore, it is a dangerous message as it could easily lead to an ‘it doesn’t matter’ attitude to the health crisis, and in particular, could weaken the case for social distancing.