Since the outbreak of the Corona epidemic, there has been regular excess mortality in the Netherlands. Covid-19 mortality is part of that. However, if you look at 2021 and especially 2022, it is striking that when you take the Covid-19 deaths away from mortality, there is still a substantially higher than expected mortality. For the first time in the summer of 2021, and over a larger period in 2022.
The numbers of Covid-19 deaths, as reported by CBS, are debatable. We have already indicated that we consider it to be on the high side or even significantly too high. People may have died from underlying conditions, but if they have tested positive for the coronavirus in recent months or there was a suspicion of Covid-19, then Covid-19 has been registered by CBS as the cause of death, see also explained here. As a result, certain causes of death may occur less in 2020 to 2022 than in previous years. However, we have analysed the main causes of death and cannot identify causes of death that are less common in 2020 to 2022 than in previous years. This phenomenon may occur but is masked by an increase in other causes. Let's take an example.
About 3,200 people die each month from cardiovascular disease. The actual numbers show a small decrease for 2020 and a small increase for 2022. It may be that, for example, in 2021, about 6,000 fewer people died from cardiovascular disease because they were counted as Covid-19 dead, but at the same time about 6,000 new cases were added due to other causes. However, we don't know. And that number of 6,000, that can be smaller or larger... Only random necropsies can give 100% certainty. Statistics also provide certainty, but it is not accepted by everyone because there is no histopathological evidence. However, no necropsies are performed to get a definitive answer.
Interpretation of causes of death
In any case, apart from Covid-19, there is still net excess mortality in 2021 and 2022, which most likely has "somewhere" to do with Corona and everything related to it:
- Is it the corona measures? The lockdowns, staying at home or working from home?
- Or is it mainly the adverse effects of the vaccinations?
'Deferred care' is also mentioned, but a quantified hypothesis for this is lacking. It is unclear how delayed care may be the dominant factor in the reported excess mortality rates, see also explained here, including the text of this article, also as a Dutch version.
If (1) in particular, then the causes to be identified should show increased numbers of mortality in the three corona years compared to the previous years.
If (2) in particular, the causes of death would only rise after the vaccination campaign had picked up steam, say from May 2021.
If we compare the mortality in the period 2020-2022 with that in the years 2015-2019 (the average of those years is our reference period) then it appears that All causes mortality highest in '22. Given the demographic development, we can also expect it to be about 3 – 5% higher in 2022 than in the reference period. This is equivalent to 0.6 to 1% per year and represents an increase of
- 2,800 to 4,700 in 2020
- 3,800 to 6,300 in 2021 and
- 4,700 to 7,900 in 2022
compared to the reference period, when a total of just over 152,000 deaths were counted on average. You would expect that, about 6,000 more in 2022. But by 2022, there will be nearly 18,000 more, out of a total of nearly 170,000.
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) allocates approximately 8,000 of these to Covid-19. The other causes of death also score a big plus of about 10,000 cases. Given the demographic development, there should have been only 4,700 to 6,900. All this on the basis of an even development, in which we do not even take into account the under-mortality that we should have expected after 2020 (and certainly after the subsequent 2021). Here, too, there are thousands of missing under-mortality, the "invisible excess mortality." Work is underway to quantify this invisible excess mortality.
If we put the monthly deaths per cause of death in a row from January 2020 to December 2022, a period of 36 months, then we can try to draw a straight line, a trend line, through the measuring points. This line appears to be rising everywhere. However, it's more interesting to see if that increase only started sometime within those 36 months.
Because it is known from the data that the unexplained excess mortality only occurred significantly in the second half of 2021, we made the cut at the beginning of the second half of '21. So we cut the 36-month period into two equal parts of 18 months.
The two largest causes of death "New Formations" (= cancer) and "Cardiovascular Diseases" and also "Suicide" show a slightly larger increase in the second period (i.e. after July 2021) than in the first period, but the differences are small. Hopefully this means there's virtually no damage; It may also be because these are syndromes that do not lead to a sudden meaningful increase in mortality rates within this period.
Compared to the reference period, new diseases are 1.5% higher and cardiovascular diseases are almost 1.3% higher. Lower than the expected 3-5%. It may well be that under-mortality plays a role in this.
For the Suicides, the maximum is 51 extra in 2022, which is more than 2.7% higher, not a quick riser and also (fortunately) definitely a small number, very small when it comes to trends to draw conclusions from.
We conclude from this that, based on the available data, these two largest causes of death curiously play a limited role in the current unexplained excess mortality. The others do show a significantly larger increase and we will discuss them below.
In the CBS data, "Traffic accidents", "Suicide", "Accidental fall" and "Non-natural causes" were reported side by side. It now appears that the first three categories were also included in "Non-natural causes", so actually counted twice. Accidental falls and traffic accidents were among the quick risers, suicide was not. The rest of the article has been adjusted accordingly.
In the graph below, the duplications are removed from "Non-natural".
The other causes of death together cause almost as many deaths as the two leading causes of death.
With the custom layout below, we'll continue. Important to remember: Accidental falls are by far the biggest cause within "Non-natural deaths" and showed a large increase with Traffic accidents. We also treat them separately.
Four causes analysed in more detail
- Non-natural causes of death
- Respiratory organs
- Psychic/nervous system
- Other causes of death
First some explanation using the first graph "Accidental fall", subcategory of "Non-natural causes". On the X-axis we see the months in the period January 2020 – December 2022. On the Y-axis we see a percentage. That percentage is the deviation of the month in question from the average of that month in the years 2015-2019.
Example: in October '22, 560 people died from this cause. On average in the reference period, there were 349 in October. An increase of 211 and that is more than 60%.
The thin blue line is the regression line or trend line (Excel function) of the blue dots. What we see is that this line is slightly rising at the "Accidental fall", 4% in 18 months. The red trendline, on the other hand, rises by 32% in 18 months, an eight times greater increase. The intersection of the two trend lines is also close to the transition from the first to the second period.
The thick blue line connects the percentages of the different months calculated in this way for the first period. The thick red line does that for the second period.
Accidental fall (one of the non-natural causes of death)
The maximum is 2,098 extra in 2022, which is 50.5% higher and therefore many times higher than could be expected on the basis of demographic development.
We see a downward trend in the first period. This is of course partly because there was no flu in the winter of '20/'21. Flu did occur in April and December '22.
In 2020, 2021 and 2022, fewer people died from respiratory diseases than annually in the reference period. In '20 and '21 we talk about a decrease of about 20%. Causes are the mild flu wave of early 2020 and the absence of flu until April 2022. However, we cannot rule out that some of the people who have died from Covid-19 according to the cause of death forms should actually have been placed in this category. In 2022 there was flu, which means that on balance the same number of people died in 2022 as in the reference period.
Road accidents (one of the non-natural causes of death)
A maximum of 112 extra in 2022, which is 18.7% higher.
All non-natural causes of death
A maximum of 2,448 extra in 2022, which is 30.4% more than in the reference period.
Mental disorders, nervous system
A maximum of 1,219 extra in 2022, that is 5.9%.
Other causes of death
And last but not least, the category "other causes of death". This requires separate explanation. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that if the cause of death forms of deceased persons have not yet been received, the deceased will be counted in this category. This means that the quantities in this category can still decrease. When publishing the causes of death up to December 2022, Statistics Netherlands indicated that approximately 5% of the forms for the month of December '22 have not yet been received.
First, let's look at the importance of this category as a whole. In the reference period, this category accounted for 17.8% of the four main categories covered in terms of numbers. That had already risen to 19.2% in 2020 and rose to 21.6% in 2022. This means that this category accounts for one fifth of all deaths (not only excess mortality).
Other causes of death represent an additional 6,612 in the whole of 2022, which is 27.9% more. This category is therefore responsible for the largest increase (outside Covid-19).
For the sake of understanding: a category "Other" that is larger than 10%, a maximum of 15% raises eyebrows with an accountant.
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) states that 95% of the forms have been received in the last month. This means that about 400 – 450 forms are still missing. The number in the "other" category will then go back to 43% compared to the reference period, compared to 66% in December 2022.
This seems to be a logistical, administrative or perhaps policy issue; Surely it will not be the case that certain causes of death are put on hold because of ambiguities.
The four biggest risers together
Together, these four causes are well able to largely 'explain' excess mortality. It's up to medics to explain why we see these curves.
The four risers together are slightly higher than the total excess mortality. This is mainly because "Cardiovascular disease" is not included: in the first three months of 2021: -15%, in the first three months of 2022: Cardiovascular diseases -13%. It is traditionally (together with novelties) the largest category, but it has relatively little influence, unless the category "Other causes" is going to cause surprises.
It is not surprising that respiratory diseases are (largely) partly attributed to Covid: there was no influenza. Flu deaths have always been classified as "respiratory diseases", even if they were coronaviruses in the past. They have now been removed and placed in a new category: Covid-19. The decline in the category of "respiratory diseases" is therefore explainable: these are the deaths that would otherwise have been caused by influenza.
What causes these causes of death?
This graph shows how the categories discussed relate to each other over time. In the last month it seems that all categories are making a huge jump, but that is almost entirely caused by the bottom category "Other", which still has to be partly placed with other groups.
The accidental fall (by far the most important factor of the non-natural causes of death) could very well be the canary in the coal mine. We've seen that category 50% is elevated: the simple falling of people – as the cause of death! It is not a major cause of death, but together with the increase in "traffic accidents", this increase can hardly be a coincidence. Do people suddenly (briefly) lose control? Do they fall completely out of touch on their heads? Is that because of a neurological problem? Or due to lack of oxygen due to a problem with the heart or a blood clot...?
Accidental fall, traffic accidents: non-natural death: Fainting or even a dizziness can be fatal if it happens at an unfortunate moment: driving along the canal in a car, on a kitchen staircase, while working heavy machinery ... Social media is flooded with video compilations of people falling over, athletes, TV presenters. Unfortunately, we don't know any figures.
Another conceivable cause could be problems with the eyes, i.e. reduced vision. We also have no figures for this, but we do have case reports of eye diseases due to vaccinations since June 2021 (1, 2, 3 etc.)
Respiration: This could indicate immunity problems or overreaction to respiratory infections. Issues such as air pollution have not only been around since mid-2021, they are also part of the previous trends. Due to the temporal correlation and the well-known "immune imprinting", the vaccines come back into the picture (immune imprinting: the wrong training of the immune system at the first encounter with a new invader.)
Psychological causes: The desocialization and polarization, the fear campaigns (see the Nocebo series part I and part III), loss of livelihoods, decline in quality of life due to economic or medical conditions (vaccine damage?), neglected care, lack of attention: these are all options, most of which will be difficult to quantify – if they are ever independently investigated.
Nervous system: The occurrence of serious neurological side effects such as cortical sinus venous thrombosis (drainage blockage of blood in the head), Bell's palsy (facial paralysis, usually temporary), transverse myelitis (inflammation of nerve bundle in the spinal cord) and Guillain-Barré syndromes (autoimmune disease of the nerves) is greater than expected, along with other common effects such as headaches. The emergence of new demyelinating brain lesions (autoimmune disease with inflammation in the brain and spinal cord) with or without detection of specific antibodies and the exacerbation of pre-existing neurological disorders (such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis) are also a matter of great concern, although so far there is no conclusive evidence that the vaccines are involved (this, by the way, is the 'boilerplate' disclaimer with which almost every published study nowadays Exit.)
Incidentally, neurological problems, whether sudden or not, can also manifest themselves in accidents and accidental falls.
Remaining: It is uncanny how CBS increases the "other" category from 17.8% to 21.6% in 2022. That saves almost 7,000 deaths... What's going to come out of this?
Among the two traditionally largest causes of death, neoplasms (cancer) and cardiovascular diseases, there is no noticeable increase. Now we have looked at percentage increases. An increase of a few dozen (or even hundreds) of deaths is less visible at these cohort sizes. The uproar that has arisen around peri-/myocarditis in young people is not reflected in the totals of cardiovascular diseases. To do that, we would have to look at what happened by age. For example, if a 30% increase in heart failure can be seen among under-40s, this does not necessarily lead to a huge increase in the total: the number is too small compared to the elderly.
Conclusion and discussion
What are the drivers of the mentioned causes of death that emerged quite suddenly since mid-2021 and continued to rise? Deferred care? Covid? Long Covid? Lockdowns? Why not from mid-2020?
Only necropsies, preferably carried out systematically and randomly, can provide a definitive answer. The difference between virus spikes and vaccine spikes is detected. It raises suspicions that this evidence is not being used. As a result, the vaccines remain emphatically in the picture as the main drivers of excess mortality.
No one - who has been informed - wants a Corona vaccine now. In this way, soon the flu vaccines will be dragged into the trap and maybe others too (my prediction). It is advisable to thoroughly revise the job description of a possible future Think Tank Disinformation.