The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention total deaths weekly report is showing a dramatic decline over the last two weeks despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In the 11th week of 2020 ending March 14, 2020, total deaths hit the lowest point available in the data which goes back to the 40th week of 2013. Although reporting delays will increase the numbers for past weeks, there does not seem to be a spike in known deaths. If thousands were dying because of COVID-19 but the cause was not being reported to the federal government accurately, the total number of deaths should be rising
Is it that staying home, not going to work saving lives? Are shutdowns across the country impacting data reporting? Is it possible, stay-at-home, stopping elective medical procedures is saving lives?