Re: Covid-19: Coroners needn’t investigate PPE policy failures in deaths of NHS staff, new guidance says
We are concerned that we may gathering inaccurate data on death related to COVID-19.
Where a death occurs in a person who has tested positive for Covid-19, the cause of death is being recorded as COVID-19 infection. Covid infection may just be coincidental, and the death might have occurred due to another condition such as an acute myocardial infarction, a subarachnoid haemorrhage or other pathology. We need to be mindful of this factor impacting our count of Covid deaths.
In the absence of a post-mortem recording a death as a Covid-19 death, it raises the question about the accuracy of the data.
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