Where did reader gets his statistics on non-Covid deaths?

A Herald reader recently submitted a letter stating the economic shutdowns enacted by states and municipalities will cause more deaths than the coronavirus. He wrote: “It has been estimated that for every 1 percent increase in unemployment approximately 10,000 deaths will occur, deaths caused by suicide, postponement of non-essential procedures, inability to get dental care and many other stress related reasons.”

He then uses this estimate to project a large number of deaths due to the economic shutdowns. But he fails to mention where this estimate came from. Was it the CDC or other government agency? Did it come from a professor at a prestigious university? Or did the estimate come from some political internet site, or perhaps his brother-in-law?

Without knowing the source of the estimate, it is difficult to accept his numbers or his argument. I would suggest to other readers that you not be misled by this and similar propaganda.

Eric Selby

Lake Stevens

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