According to the new report (not updated since July) from the Istituto Superiore di Sanità on Covid-related mortality, the virus that has brought the world to its knees has killed far fewer people than ordinary flu.
It’s not the Virus that’s Killing the Italians
It sounds like a hair-raising, vaccine-free claim, but according to the statistical sample of medical records collected by the institute, only 2.9% of the deaths recorded since the end of February 2020 were due to Covid 19.
So, of the 130,468 deaths recorded by official statistics at the time of the new report, only 3,783 were due to the potency of the virus itself. This is because all the other Italians who lost their lives had between one and five diseases that already left them with little hope, according to the Italian National Institute of Health. As many as 67.7% had more than three diseases together and 18% had at least two together.
Now I personally know many people, but none who have the misfortune to have five serious diseases at the same time. I want to trust our scientists, but when I then read the listed diseases that could be responsible for the loss of so many Italians, doubts do come to me as a layman. According to the Italian National Institute of Health, 65.8% of Italians who were no longer with us after being infected with Covid had high blood pressure.
23.5% also had dementia, 29.3% had diabetes, and 24.8% had atrial fibrillation. And that’s not all: 17.4% already had a diseased lung, 16.3% had been diagnosed with cancer in the past five years; 15.7% suffered from heart failure, 28% from ischemic heart disease, 24.8% from atrial fibrillation, more than one in ten were also obese, more than one in ten had suffered a stroke, and still others, albeit to a lesser extent, had severe liver problems, dialysis, and autoimmune diseases.
That may all be true; I don’t doubt our scientists. But if it is not the virus that is killing the Italians, then explain to me why science has pushed through everything we have seen in the last year and a half? From masks, to standoff, to lockdown and so on? And how did it happen that almost 126,000 Italians with 3, 4, or 5 serious illnesses were put in this condition, destined to leave the country anyway, if the coronavirus had not existed in a short time?
The Goal was to Dramatize
These numbers would be a damning judgment on the Italian health care system from which they come. I use the caveat because I have doubts about what has been written from the beginning of this report. Like any communication from the IST or the CTC, this one is influenced by government policies, which in recent months have been the true and only beacon of what we continue to call “scientists.”
At the beginning, while Italy proved to be the least prepared country in the world and even incapable of dealing with the pandemic, the then government of Giuseppe Conte requested data to reassure Italians.
I well remember the weekly press conferences of the Italian National Institute of Health and Civil Defense, in which these deaths were always downplayed, focusing on the numerous pathologies found in those who had not made it. This virus was not fatal, but in combination with other diseases it could hasten the end in susceptible people, which was nevertheless near.
Then, during the vaccination campaign, the government’s need became the diametric opposite: it was to dramatize and urge everyone to save the vials provided. But they forgot to update the instructions on the mortality report, which has become thinner and thinner in its publication and never picked up the attitude given at the beginning.
A great confusion, then, that also stirs up fears and adds to the resistance of some millions of Italians who have decided not to vaccinate. With a little less propaganda, less rigidity and more correct information, perhaps all this would not be so…