Friday, September 18, 2020
Dementia and Alzheimer’s deaths have risen to more than 20 percent above normal over the summer. Although these deaths are not included in the official coronavirus death toll, it is clear that there is a link between the true numbers.
The pandemic has lead to isolation, which has lead to heightened stress, especially in nursing homes. The "lapses in nursing home care and missed Covid-19 diagnoses are all likely contributing factors to the unusually high dementia death toll, adding to the devastation the virus has brought to U.S. nursing homes."
Alzheimer's along with dementia, heart disease and pneumonia have lead to a spike in death tolls. Many of the deaths from coronavirus can be attributed to other underlying issues.
"The higher than typical number of deaths — which public health experts refer to as "excess" deaths — first emerged in the early weeks of the pandemic. At the time, experts blamed them on temporary disruptions to the medical system and undiagnosed Covid-19 cases amid a severe testing shortfall."
It is important that steps be taken to protect the vulnerable, like those with Alzheimer's and dementia, as they are very susceptible to the wrath of Covid-19.
See Tucker Doherty, Summer wave of dementia deaths adds thousands to pandemic's deadly toll, Politico, September, 16, 2020.
Special thanks to Lewis Saret (Attorney, Washington, D.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.