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Rising non-Covid excess deaths reveal the disastrous legacy of the pandemic – The Telegraph

Figures reveal there were 18,394 deaths ‘due to’ Covid recorded this year in England and Wales. But since May there have been 23,195 excess deaths where the primary cause was another condition.

Some of those people did die with a coronavirus infection, but it was not the main reason for the death.

Experts continue to argue over the reasons behind this recent uptick in unexpected deaths, which shows no sign of slowing.

But it is likely that collateral damage from the pandemic, coupled with long term NHS problems, have collided into a perfect, and deadly, storm.

…Prof Banerjee fears that the indirect effects of the pandemic will turn out to be greater than the harm from Covid itself, and that it is vital for future preparedness planning to take into account long-term outcomes.

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Lockdown effects feared to be killing more people than Covid – The Telegraph

The effects of lockdown may now be killing more people than are dying of Covid, official statistics suggest.

Figures for excess deaths from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that around 1,000 more people than usual are currently dying each week from conditions other than the virus.

Number of patients facing a 12+ hour wait (2019-2022) – Source BMA

http://archive.today/2022.08.19-090630/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/08/18/lockdown-effects-feared-killing-people-covid/

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I’m a doctor and this is why we MUST start treating Covid like flu – Dr. Charles Levinson, Mail Plus

We need to start living with this virus before it wrecks even more young people’s lives, further devastates the economy and continues to pour fuel on the fire of the non-Covid health crisis.

Don’t get me wrong – flu is no joke. Familiarity has meant people assume it’s a runny nose or feeling under the weather, but it’s not.

A bad flu year produces a significant death toll. In the 2017/18 winter, 22,087 flu-associated deaths were recorded in England. The year before it was 15,047. These are over a few months only, so the daily death rate is very high. Those numbers could also be an underestimate as testing for flu is minuscule compared with our Covid effort. 

http://archive.today/2022.01.20-145519/https://www.mailplus.co.uk/edition/health/medical-matters/146470/why-we-must-start-treating-covid-like-flu