Study on All U.S. Deaths Dampens COVID-19 Fear Mongering

A study in the John Hopkins newsletter compared total U.S. death statistics for 2020 to previous years and did not find data to sustain pandemic fears.

As shown above, there is a COVID-19 death spike, but it is accompanied by a decrease in all other major causes of death. The study’s author, Genevieve Briand, claims this can only be the result of “misclassifications.”

Also, as shown below, there were no spikes in the percentage of elderly deaths each week, before, during and after the COVID-19 heights.

Briand discusses her report:

The Johns Hopkins newsletter has since retracted the report, not for inaccuracies, but because it was used “to support false and dangerous inaccuracies.” Their announcement on Twitter received criticism from those who preferred to think for themselves.

The retraction added, “according to the CDC, there have been almost 300,000 excess deaths due to COVID-19.” although their CDC link doesn’t show that. We dug into the figures:


  • 2019: 2,509,265
  • 2020: 2,801,294 (+292,029, 11.6% increase)


  • 2019: 329,064,917
  • 2020 est.: 331,883,986 (+2,819,069, .86% increase)

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