CDC: Just 6% of Covid Deaths Occurred Without Co-Morbidities

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This past week the CDC finally seemed to get fed up with the coronavirus hysteria that has existed in this country since March.

First, the CDC released new guidelines saying there was no need for asymptomatic people to get tested if they were otherwise young and healthy. That’s even if you were exposed to someone who had tested positive for the virus.

Then the CDC put up on their official website the following details for people who have covid symptoms: “If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your healthcare provider first. Most people will have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care and may not need to be tested.”

So, yeah, the CDC is telling you to treat covid like any other illness. Stay home if you’re sick, you’ll probably be fine. That’s because for most people covid is a mild illness. If, however, you get sick enough to need treatment, go seek treatment.

This is the advice we should have had since March. And in retrospect we should have never, ever shut down at all. (In fact, if New York governor Andrew Cuomo hadn’t been the worst political leader this century, we probably wouldn’t have ever panicked in the first place. New York was such a disaster that the rest of the country panicked based on their incompetence. An incompetence, by the way, that led to the worst coronavirus response in the entire world.)

But this was the final kicker that also went up on the CDC website:

“For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.”

This illuminates what I have been saying for a long time, there’s a big difference between dying WITH COVID and dying FROM COVID.

94% of people are dying with covid, per the CDC, not because of it. In fact, not only are people dying with it, they are dying with covid and an average of 2.6 additional conditions or causes of death.

This would mean roughly 10,000 deaths are directly attributable to covid alone.

Because right now if you have terminal lung cancer, kidney and liver failure and covid, you are counted as a covid death.

Now, this doesn’t mean covid can’t be dangerous, it can. But it’s almost exclusively dangerous among those with extremely ill health, that is multiple serious co-morbidities, or extremely advanced age.

Now, to be fair, what we still don’t know is what percentage of people who have died with covid in 2020 would otherwise be alive if this virus had never existed. That is, it’s possible there are likely more than the roughly 10,000 people who are listed as dying from covid alone who have died with covid and another illness. Maybe if covid never existed those people could have survived their co-morbidities and might still be alive today. (Although this raises an interesting question, if covid was the tipping point illness for many very sick people with multiple co-morbidities, wouldn’t the number of elderly people dying in later months this year and next year likely be lower than normal? Because those very ill people had their deaths accelerated by a few months due to covid? That seems likely to me.)

We don’t know the answer to this question and we can’t just look at excess death data either because, and this is the really unfortunate part of our shutdown madness, there is now strong evidence that locking down our country cost us more years of life in this country than we gained.

This is according to the incredible work being done by the Ethical Skeptic Twitter account. (You should all go follow him for his charts and analysis of covid data).

Remember, the average age of death from covid in this country is older than the average age of death in this country overall. Meanwhile the people who are dying in excess numbers from something other than covid due to our lockdowns are much younger. These are much younger people dying of suicides, drug overdoses, from declining to seek medical care for fear of covid.

And this is a MONSTER story. A story which, not surprisingly, almost no one is telling.

We shut down our country to protect very old people from covid yet the deaths of much younger people from other causes are actually costing us more years of life, by far, than the years of life we are protecting. And this doesn’t even count, by the way, all the disastrous impacts from children being kept out of school for months at a time. There’s been a tremendous rise, for instance, in domestic abuse and, likely, child abuse during the lockdown as well. And it also doesn’t count the very real economic costs of tens of millions of lost jobs, which will echo through poor families for years and years.

Let’s just be clear here: outside of nursing homes — which comprise nearly half of our deaths in this country despite only having .6 of our population — there is zero reason for any lockdowns to still exist in this country.


It’s well past time for everyone to be back at work, school, and playing sports on all levels from little league to pro sports. And if you don’t want to do that because the media has terrified you, that’s your choice, you can stay in your house buried under the covers forever, but the rest of the us need to get on with our lives, you can’t hold us hostage any longer.

Unfortunately this isn’t happening because covid is now the entire basis for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. Meaning instead of these facts being debated and discussed in a rational manner, Biden has tied his entire campaign to stoking more fear based on the false idea that we’re all in tremendous danger from the coronavirus.

Even if it’s not true at all.

Worse than that, the media, which ostensibly exists to speak truth to power, has also completely embraced the fear porn narrative as well.

Which is why our national response to the coronavirus is the biggest failure of truth, logic, and honesty since the Vietnam War.

It’s time for you, me, and everyone else with a functional brain to get back to our normal lives.

Which is exactly what I’m doing.

Join me.

Written by Clay Travis

Clay Travis is the founder of the fastest growing national multimedia platform, OutKick, that produces and distributes engaging content across sports and pop culture to millions of fans across the country. OutKick was created by Travis in 2011 and sold to the Fox Corporation in 2021.

One of the most electrifying and outspoken personalities in the industry, Travis hosts OutKick The Show where he provides his unfiltered opinion on the most compelling headlines throughout sports, culture, and politics. He also makes regular appearances on FOX News Media as a contributor providing analysis on a variety of subjects ranging from sports news to the cultural landscape. Throughout the college football season, Travis is on Big Noon Kickoff for Fox Sports breaking down the game and the latest storylines.

Additionally, Travis serves as a co-host of The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, a three-hour conservative radio talk program syndicated across Premiere Networks radio stations nationwide.

Previously, he launched OutKick The Coverage on Fox Sports Radio that included interviews and listener interactions and was on Fox Sports Bet for four years. Additionally, Travis started an iHeartRadio Original Podcast called Wins & Losses that featured in-depth conversations with the biggest names in sports.

Travis is a graduate of George Washington University as well as Vanderbilt Law School. Based in Nashville, he is the author of Dixieland Delight, On Rocky Top, and Republicans Buy Sneakers Too.


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    • Its disgraceful what the schools are doing, my 8 year old is on the two day a week plan, mask all day, even though the teachers don’t wear them, and we’re actually the lucky ones because all the metro areas in our state are completely closed. Yet in every one of those metro areas the YMCA’s and other places are having “fall camps” and its business as usual with no problems. Fascinating that kids can go to a pay for play camp but not school!?!? As usual its the poor kids getting screwed in this deal.

      The worst is the ultimate Karen type teachers and staff at your kids school who treat every day like they’re being sent to Auschwitz. I had a teacher that refused to open the door for us in carpool, wanted me to get and open the door. Evidently touching our door was risking certain death. Idiots.

  1. My kids start school tomorrow. There are so many restrictions, that I’m not even sure that they’re going to enjoy it. For instance, at recess they’re still supposed to be socially distant. Seriously!? These kids have been playing together for months. They’re not even supposed to touch a soccer ball if it comes from someone else’s home…but they can kick it, just not touch it. They have to eat in the cafeteria all facing one direction, and must have a seat between them and the next kid. And of course, masks for everyone throughout the school.
    I can’t wait to find out about their day.

      • We’re sort of used to them, because the kids were supposed to wear them into & out of swim practice this summer (they rarely did, but I made them carry them, just in case), and in Minnesota, it’s a state mandate.

        Truth be told, we ALREADY call them face diapers in our house, so if anyone gets in trouble for the term, it’s going to be my kids.

        Oh well!

  2. Hey Clay,
    Thank you for all your efforts to lead us out of the desert. Is it any wonder this was turned into a dumpster fire…day-in and day-out the political class and the news media did their best to confuse and to propagandize at every turn.

    EARLY APRIL 2020: Drs. Birx and Fauci look down their noses and call questioning the reliability of Covid statistics “conspiracy theories”:
    “Those individuals will have an underlying condition, but that underlying condition did not cause their acute death when it’s related to a covid infection,” Birx said. “In fact, it’s the opposite.”
    The other lead medical expert on the task force, Anthony S. Fauci, also made a point to weigh in, warning against such “conspiracy theories.”
    “You will always have conspiracy theories when you have a very challenging public health crisis. They are nothing but distractions,” he said, adding: “Let somebody write a book about it later on. But not now.”

    And one month later…
    EARLY MAY 2020: Dr. Birx says she can’t trust CDC statistics:
    Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus task force response coordinator, blasted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during a discussion on COVID-19 data in a recent meeting, The Washington Post reported on Saturday.
    “There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust,” she told CDC Director Robert Redfield, two people familiar with the meeting told the newspaper. Dr. Birx is accusing the CDC of using an antiquated model to track coronavirus deaths that could be responsible for inflating the death numbers by as much as 25 percent.

    And the story changed in June and July; no surprise there.

  3. I have been making 2 analogies about people with co-morbidities or dying with COVID versus from COVID.

    The first is lumping people who commit Suicide with a gun into gun deaths, or even gun violence. Its just an artificial way to inflate the scary statistical data that makes people feel like gun violence is way higher than it really is. We all know they are technically “gun deaths” but rational people understand they aren’t the same.

    The other is more directly related to illness and death. Its very common for people with a terminal illness or recovering from a near fatal injury to catch a cold(or flu) and die. Its rare to say they died from the cold or flu. Its more common to say they died from their preexisting illness or injury as a result of their weakened immune system than a cold/flu.

  4. I have a friend who works in the Indianapolis Metro Police Dept dealing with human trafficking. She told me Friday that the number of teens who are being trafficked in the city has increased dramatically during Covid, the reason being that without the safety of school, they are driven out of their homes by abusive parents and wind up on the streets and wind up being pimped out. My son attends Indianapolis Public Schools, and as a child with high-functioning autism and severe ADD, if my wife wasn’t here with him, he wouldn’t be able to participate in e-learning. Now imagine all of the families who doesn’t have that option, or kids from abusive households, and the detrimental effect of not having the safe environment of school. It’s a tragedy that falls directly on politicians and bureaucrats who are more interested in protecting themselves rather than the students, along with the media and mostly well-meaning adults who promote and have fallen victim to the fear porn.

    This needs to stop and it needs to stop now. Unfortunately, I don’t see it happening even after the election. If Biden wins, they will use this to keep people locked down and transferring more power to the state. If Trump wins, the media and Dem Governors and Mayors will ratchet up the fear mongering to a new level.

    • Excellent points Stephen. As a teacher coach of three and a half decades, I can tell you that at least, on average one third of students need the safety of school. And I have worked at inner city schools to wealthy schools, money ,color or culture is no different as far as being homes where mental or physical abuse occurred.. I can spot those kids easy cause I was one of those kids. Coach Bear

  5. Thank you Clay for this great article and ALL of these DR. types should read it and take heed this mass hysteria and wreckage of the economy is an absolute unnecessary tragedy foisted upon the American people. Look at the H1N1 swine flu back in 2009 which affected more than 60 million Americans and was a novel corona virus as well we didn’t shut down the economy or wear masks in fact i don’t recall much of anything being said. The difference there was a different administration in office this whole thing has been political out of the gate where were all these concerned doctors then right not a peep. Here’s a good read to add to your terrific article ” The Untold Truths about Covid 19 and Lockdowns “by Alex Berenson Amazon paperback. It’s the flu no more no less and 40 million Americans thrown out of work and business owners being treated as criminals by these corrupt politicians who forgot we have a Constitution and we are a free people.

  6. Very interesting comparison of COVID19 and Vietnam in terms of lack of transparency and outright deceit from our elected leaders.

    This morning I was thinking of Vietnam era mouthpiece who although they had every right to challenge the Vietnam war, did so in the most heinous fashion. While Jane Fonda was visiting the Hanoi Hilton and partying with our enemy, she commented that because no declaration of war officially existed, our prisoners were in fact criminals and deserved to be executed if that was the wish of the North Vietnamese Army. She said this about 18 and 19 year old American boys, most of whom were drafted into the service. Worse she was towing the company line the NVA used to savagely abuse our prisoners, the “no declaration of war” nonsense.

    Fast forward to present day, and Lebron James is doing the exact same shit, only he is demonizing and trying to criminalize the people we most depend on in this country, the first responder police that will come to your rescue in the worst times possible. Makes me absolutely sick, and I’m very confident his day will come. The man is due for a serious reckoning one of these days.

  7. I would like to know what the average number of deaths per year on a year to date basis is in a normal year. Anything over the average number of deaths per year could reasonably be considered due to Covid unless there are other mitigating circumstances which can be logically explained.

  8. I don’t know if Clay reads the comments, but there’s this TV show I watched called Turn: Washington’s Spies. These two people were talking, one is Robert Townsend, an inn keeper who is also an American spy. The other is James Rivington, a journalist who is a British shill. In this scene, Townsend is berating Rivington for pushing British propaganda nonstop, and then Rivington replies, it is difficult to speak truth to power when those in power do not care for the truth. I think we have a similar problem going on in our society right now.

  9. The high schools and colleges need stop panicking out every time a kid tests positive. In my county’s schools, you have to quarantine for 14 days if you sit near someone who tested positive. The local high school canceled last week’s football game because some players were simply exposed to someone who had Covid.
    Unless the authorities change their mindset, they will continue to do more harm than good.
    As Clay said:
    ” Treat covid like any other illness. Stay home if you’re sick, you’ll probably be fine.”

  10. I have asked a couple different times if anyone could name another time in our American history where we have shut down an entire economy isolated an entire healthy population ordered everyone to wear masks. Now i have lived awhile and i know the answer to that question that’s why i am guessing it has been crickets. This has been political from the get go and it is dangerous when you have so many in the medical field who should no better jump on board the hysteria train. Fauchi said early on ” i know its an inconvience” talking about all these people losing their jobs i don’t recall him saying anything in 2009 regarding H1N1 and yes he was still at NIH been there since 1980’s. Just another career politician that happens to have MD by his name disgusting.

  11. Data out of Italy in May indicated basically the same thing. The average age of death was 80 and 90% of deaths were with people who had AT LEAST 2 comorbidities.

    As Clay has stated from the beginning, 7500 people die everyday in America and this number hasn’t changed throughout the ‘pandemic.’

    This whole thing has been pushed to crush the economy AND to allow voting by mail.

  12. Just wait until they finally admit that there really is no “Sars-Cov-2” virus and all of this is to cover for damage done by vaccines and poor general health. There also is no “Covid 19” test. The PCR tests they’re doing don’t test for any virus.

    Dr. Judy Mikovitz and Dr. Andrew Kaufman have been right since January.

  13. I almost want to stop reading all these. Just makes me angry. Angry at the vast stupidity of what certain factions of this country have done and are doing. As a retired engineer, when COVID first reared it’s head, I started reading. A lot. And everything that is now coming out publically was known very early on. We just needed to open our eyes and eliminate emotion from the equation. And yet we made decisions that will cost all of us for years to come.

    • Yep, my view exactly. I kinda steel myself daily for the latest worse news.
      After the first couple of weeks, I knew they had made a huge mistake with lockdowns and ‘essential’ this and that. But the reality was it was going to be almost impossible for them to back out once it was in motion, and the political gains to be made were too good to pass up, no matter the cost to people and country.

  14. I’ve seen it more than once. Families outside, wearing masks, walking, strolling with their dogs, or on bikes. On beautiful sunny days, which are in short supply in the Pacific Northwest. I can only imagine the psychological impact on these kids, many quite young, as their parents bathe their kids in hysteria rather than reason.

    • Anything Trump does is evil and misleading. Its why people have been jokingly saying for a while that Trump should go hard core against schools being open and sports being played, in which case every mainstream media site in the country would be demanding schools be open and every sport be played.

  15. Our leaders will use this experience and apply it to control minds in the future. Literally, tens of millions of Americans are not capable of critical thinking. Thanks public schools and universities. Good bye freedom. We live amongst fewer and fewer self leaders. Why give up on life’s greatest treasures that the USA has given their citizens?

    • You’re absolutely right. Kids in schools don’t get taught how to analyze and react to anecdotal evidence. This is why so many young healthy people believe they have a non-neglible chance of dying from COVID and so many blacks believe they are likely to be killed by police.

  16. Facebook deleted my posting of your article saying it was false information. They are writing that Donald Trump said it and it is not true. ABC, NBC and CBS all wrote the same type of article. If I posted their version instead of Outkick’s I would have been fine. Zuckerberg approves of those outlets. They are in alignment politically with him and his staff. Mark Zuckerberg is a pro shut down guy. That drives more traffic to Facebook. I protested and I am awaiting a response.

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