The CDC’s “guidance for certifying COVID-19 deaths”: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvss/coronavirus/Alert-1-Guidance-for-Certifying-COVID-19-Deaths.pdf
From Sharyl Attkisson:
I’m not suggesting this has any relevance to coronavirus [though I am—MCM], but many people are asking about CDC’s over-count of H1N1 swine flu in 2009.
I started investigating that topic at CBS after getting tips, including from a government scientist. CDC had just issued a directive to stop lab testing for swine flu and just “presume,” for the sake of a count, that everything that came into the doctor that looked flu-like, was swine flu. My government source told me: “They’re either trying to overcount or undercount; it’s your job to figure out which.” I did that by looking at what the lab results said at the time CDC wanted to stop further tests.
Mind you, they had only been testing those most likely to have swine flu based on travel (such as to Mexico) and symptoms—so the results should have been heavily positive for swine flu.CDC declined to give me the lab results in a timely fashion. So I went to each state individually.
In the end, the vast majority of the tests were negative for swine flu. In fact, they were not even regular flu, meaning they were some sort of other upper respiratory infection.
If you’ve been diagnosed “probable” or “presumed” 2009 H1N1 or “swine flu” in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn’t have H1N1 flu.