• Accurately capturing data on COVID-19 deaths is critical for pandemic response


    Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

    Statement attributable to:
    Ada D. Stewart, MD
    American Academy of Family Physicians

    “Capturing accurate data on COVID-19-related deaths is critical in understanding how to help communities live in the midst of a global pandemic. Suggesting that physicians are artificially inflating COVID-19 mortality numbers for financial gain undermines the global standards for tracking this important information.

    “COVID-19 can cause additional medical conditions, such as a stroke or pneumonia, generate long-term effects, or exacerbate existing controllable medical conditions that can result in death. Had it not been for COVID-19, these patients would likely still be with us today.

    “We would like to thank family physicians and all other health care professionals for the personal sacrifices they continue to make to help us fight this terrible virus.”

    Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Stewart,  contact Megan Moriarty, 913-302-8627, or mmoriarty@aafp.org.


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