The official statistics on the ongoing coronavirus health crisis have confirmed over 300,000 deaths due to the infection along with approximately four million cases reported from different countries around the world.
Although the medical community around the world agrees that the pandemic is one of the deadliest and has affected a major portion of the world’s population, there is still debate regarding the actual death toll of the infection.
The known number of deaths reported in the official statistics for coronavirus only looked at the ones that are directly caused by the infection. Now, experts are comparing the total death toll of the year and comparing it with that from previous years.
By using this method, it has been discovered that the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus infection may be much higher than the official figures since it also covers the indirect effects of the spread of the virus on people.
For instance, it highlights the deaths that were caused due to delayed treatment because of the increasing COVID-19-related strain on the healthcare systems.
In countries around the world, governments have used different methods to compile data on the outcomes of the health crisis. Therefore, the compilation of results and estimation of the number of deaths on a global scale is difficult.
However, according to the medical director of Public Health England, Yvonne Doyle, the new method, also known as excess mortality data, is the best to estimate the impact of the coronavirus infection in all countries around the world in comparison with all other methods.
“This is a comparable measure internationally. So we would then be able to understand how we have been impacted internationally as well,” Doyle explained.
Previous research has shown that COVID-19 has affected all spheres of life in all of the countries alike. Not only are people developing more mental health-related issues, but are also facing an increased number of socio-economic problems.
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For example, there has been a rise reported in statistics on domestic violence and child abuse from the start of March. Women and children are much more likely to experience abuse and not get medical attention in case it is needed at the same time.
In addition, the violence has also been far more extreme, thereby increasing the risk of serious physical injuries and even death.
On the other hand, research has also accentuated the decrease in the number of people visiting hospitals for other health conditions due to the fear of contracting the coronavirus infection.
Delaying treatment for health issues such as diabetes or heart disease can be dangerous and even increase the risk of dangerous health events that may even be proven fatal.
Moreover, the false information regarding the pandemic such as how certain medications can increase the risk for having coronavirus infections has also played a role in keeping people from seeking medical help or even discontinue their prescription medicines.
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For instance, one study found that people are not taking their prescribed medicines for blood pressure management due to the widespread belief that it increases the risk of COVID-19. There is no scientific evidence to show that blood pressure medicines can affect the risk of coronavirus infection.
Taking decisions such as these can lead to complications or even cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke.
Effects such as these show that the overall number of deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be much more than reported in the official statistics for coronavirus. Studying the impact of it on all spheres of like is, therefore, important.