ok first of all.
that article is embarrassing for the authors.
They didn’t realize there is reporting lag in deaths. LA county now reports 13 or 14 (hard to read) people died on average the week leading up to August 19th. Not 7 as the authors had claimed.
The CDC and NYT still report 12 deaths average.
If you look at the Internet Archive (linked at bottom) you can see that when the article was published the graph did claim 7 deaths on avg… but like many things there are reporting delays. A simple call or email to LA County public health could’ve made these authors not look like jokes.
I guess the takeaway using the authors approach is that the CDC is underreporting COVID deaths :)
Regardless of the authors error, in this thread, we’re discussing the Delta and Omicron wave and age-of-COVID death… given both those waves tracked closely with excess deaths there’s no evidence that over counting played a role there.
I could see, moving forward, in a highly vaccinated world the authors case could become true? But last I checked the proportions of COVID deaths (COVID on death certificate - as determined by attending doc) that had COVID as the primary/underlying cause was > 90%.
What is your argument DanM?