How Do Countries Tally The Toll From COVID-19?

A gravedigger wearing a protective suit stands by a grave during the burial of a COVID-19 victim on the outskirts of Moscow on May 15.

RFE: Counting The Dead: How Do Countries Tally The Toll From COVID-19?

The United States and Russia have the two highest numbers of cumulative, confirmed coronavirus cases in the world.

As of May 20, the United States also has the highest official death toll.

Russia, however, is ranked 19th for its reported number of coronavirus fatalities, and its statistics are increasingly under scrutiny from experts who suspect something’s not quite right with Moscow’s methodology.

Is the United States overcounting its coronavirus deaths? Is Russia undercounting?

Most countries around the world try to adhere to the guidelines set out by the World Health Organization (WHO) for classifying coronavirus deaths: “a death due to COVID-19 may not be attributed to another disease (e.g. cancer) and should be counted independently of preexisting conditions that are suspected of triggering a severe course of COVID-19.”


WNU Editor: This is not hard to figure out. Countries that are not transparent on how they conduct themselves will also not be transparent in reporting something like Covid-19 deaths.

Author: Anchorman

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