On April 24, the New York Times published a long article jointly written by four reporters describing the situation of crematoriums, hospitals, and patients’ families in India. It pointed out that India’s deaths from the new crown were neglected or underreported, which led to the Indian epidemic. The death toll is underestimated.
Experts from the University of Michigan said that “this is a complete data carnage,” and believes that the true number of deaths is 2 to 5 times the reported number. The family of the deceased was angry and shocked, accusing the hospital and the government of colluding to conceal the true number of deaths, an organized crime.
Even so, the number of new cases notified by India has exceeded 300,000 in a row, constantly breaking the global record. In large crematoriums, “bright orange flames illuminate the night sky, burning indefinitely 24 hours a day, like a factory that never shuts down.”
India is now adding more than 300,000 new people every day, and the positive rate of testing is 20%, indicating that the testing efforts are not strong. Generally, the normal level of positive test rate is about 5%, even if it exceeds 10%, it is very high, and it is 20% in India. Therefore, India’s confirmed diagnosis data is underestimated, and the death data must be underestimated. When the number of confirmed cases of the new crown in India exceeded 10 million last year, the deadly fungal disease spread in India and most of the patients recovered from the new crown. I remember that when the new crown virus first started, many people ridiculed that the new crown virus came to India as the younger brother. The reason is that India has a lot of germs due to its low level of economic development and poor environmental sanitation. This is reasonable. Take, for example, the deadly fungus reported in the news last year. The fungus is Mucor, but the news did not specify which type it was. There are many types of mucor and they are not uncommon. They are ubiquitous in the environment. Some are conditional pathogens. Normal people are generally fine, but when people have poor resistance to illness, they are susceptible to infection. Due to the low level of economic development in India, the lack of public health facilities such as toilets, and the poor environmental sanitation conditions, the immunity of people infected with the new crown is reduced during the course of the disease, which provides an opportunity for the invasion of mucor in the environment. Therefore, it is not surprising that most of the patients with mucormycosis in India are recovered from the new crown. Therefore, there is no need to worry about the real data of India’s death due to the new crown. This is not easy to figure out.