Projected Covid19 Fatalities: Worldwide, USA, UK & Canada — Dec 18 2021

PANDEMIC is 92% DONE!
FUTURE FATALITIES FORECAST: 500,000 WORLDWIDE
incl: USA 74,000 & UK 7,100 & CANADA 1,160 incl ONTARIO 590 & BC 89 VICTIMS

Dec 18th 2021 — Based on the novel coronavirus’s changing mortality rates in recent weeks, today’s update of TRENDLines Research’s Covid-19 fatalities model projects an ultimate 2020–2022 death count of 5.8 million worldwide (present toll 5.3 million + 500,000 future) incl 889,000 in the USA (815,000 toll + 74,000 future); 154,200 in the UK (147,100 toll + 7,100 future) & 31,190 in Canada (30,030 toll + 1,160 future) incl 10,700 in Ontario (10,110 toll + 590 future) & 2,488 in BC (2,399 toll + 89 future) — based on current policymaker mitigation of existing variants.

Whereas previous lethal coronavirus events (MERS & SARS) were relatively short-lived, misguided policymaker decisions allowed Covid-19 to become an uncontrolled multi-year pandemic. This humankind disaster stems from most jurisdictions virtually abandoning vigilant testing and contact tracing convention and adopting the Trump strategy of premature normalization (sometimes more than once) followed by an over-reliance on vaccines.

This event should have been a six-month episode with 1.45 million fatalities. Instead, today’s model projection reveals policymaker hubris will have caused an additional 4.35 million unnecessary victims.

Early in this pandemic, my Post-Peak Linearization Model indicated prudent mitigation efforts had essentially suppressed wave#1’s first surge by mid-2020 in the UK, Canada-wide, BC & Ontario. Unfortunately, those early lock-down sacrifices proved to be in vain. Premature relaxation of shelter-in-place, physical distancing, masking, testing & contact tracing in all four jurisdictions gave rise to resurgence upon each attempt at re-opening. Meanwhile the USA & Global models did not attain near-suppression status ’til a year later (July 2021) — but alas both failed also.

Except for a very few instances, policymaker mismanagement spawned a string of surges. When vaccination programs approached 70% penetration, the models again suggested suppression thresholds were at hand — but then along came Delta!

Second or third pandemic waves arise due to either seasonality or material mutation of the strain. The Delta variant is the latter and flourished from late July to early November (2021) in all six tracked jurisdictions. As a “post-peak” model, no projections were cast during this period. For the most part, the surging cases, hospitalizations and deaths reigned throughout the anti-vaxxer regions. One might say it was “Darwin’s natural selection at work”.

And it appears both natural & community herd immunity are nowhere in sight. Consensus originally held it would kick in when a population was at least 67% jabbed and/or infected. But it is increasingly evident outbreaks occur among the unvaccinated & breakthru cases occur where vaccine strength has waned.

The Omicron variant is sweeping the globe and displacing Delta but observations thus far indicate it spawns less hospitalizations, ICU admissions and fatalities. High anti-vaxxer regions will likely be overwhelmed. Elsewhere, Omicron dominance (considering its low case fatality rate) should bring on transition to endemic status as the pandemic winds down.

Since early days, I’ve warned of a pair of risks: Ongoing new cases in vaccine-hesitant pockets & the dangerous opportunity for a variant resistant to present vaccines developing each month the pandemic lingers. What wasn’t foreseen was the emergence of a less fatal variant — as Omicron seems to be under early observation. If this is the case, there is merit in promoting Omicron over Delta where sufficient hospitalization vacancy exists.

In most regions, only 5 to 20% of populations have been infected. So rather than Covid19 being arrested or quenched by herd immunity, current model runs indicate a transition to endemic status will occur: Feb/2022 in BC, April 2022 Canada-wide, May 2022 in the UK, June 2022 in the USA & worldwide & by August in Ontario.

See website table for archive of all past projections. The model’s composite chart, underlying stats & analyst commentary (by Freddy Hutter) are updated monthly at: www.trendlines.ca & www.facebook.com/TRENDLinesResearch

— weekly projection text stats updates: www.twitter.com/TRENDLinesDotCa

WORLDWIDE
Based on mortality trends in recent weeks, the TRENDLines Post-Peak Linearization Model warns the pandemic’s third wave will claim yet another 500,000 fatalities across the globe before transitioning to endemic status in June 2022 — based on present policymaker mitigation of existing variants. Added to the current toll (5.3 million), an ultimate 5.8 million victims are projected 2020–2022. Today’s daily-deaths rate (7,00) is down 51% from its January 2021 record high (14,400). Today 56% of the world’s population have at least one jab.

The model suggests the Covid19 pandemic is 92% complete. Troubling as today’s ultimate projection may be, the alternative natural herd immunity strategy promoted by conspirators would have cost 102 million lives (7.6 billion x 67% x 2.0% case fatality rate) and with no guarantee of permanent immunity.

The 10 nations with the highest daily-deaths today: USA (965), Russia, Poland, Germany, Ukraine, Vietnam, India, Mexico, France & Turkey.

Today’s projection reveals 4.35 million souls (of 5.8 mil total) will have perished unnecessarily due to misguided policymaker decisions to prematurely re-open.

41% of worldwide victims resided in long-term care facilities.

Worldwide mortality rate: 0.07% or 704 deaths/million population

USA
The model similarly indicates the pandemic’s third wave will claim yet another 74,000 fatalities across America before transitioning to endemic status in June 2022 — based on present policymaker mitigation of existing variants. Added to the current toll (815,000), an ultimate 889,000 victims are projected over 2020–2022.

Today’s daily-deaths rate (965) is 72% below its Jan/2021 record high (3,500). The States with the most daily-deaths today are Michigan (120), Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Arizona & California.

The model suggests the USA’s Covid19 pandemic is 92% complete. Troubling as today’s ultimate projection may be, the absurd natural herd immunity policy promoted by the Trump White House would have cost 3.9 million American lives (327 million x 67% x 1.8% case fatality rate) with no guarantee of permanent immunity.

During a White House Rose Garden virtual town hall on March 25th 2020, the former President proposed packing the nation’s churches on Easter and return to work the following day. It was on this precise day America was infected with “the TrumpVirus”. On that day the USA had only 4% of global Covid deaths — apropos considering the nation has 4% of the world’s population.

It marked the day everything changed. For context of Trump’s containment failure, the USA had over half of worldwide cases & deaths in 2020. Twenty-three months later, the USA still has 19% of world’s cumulative Covid cases, 19% of the today’s global “active” cases & 15% of worldwide body bags. The uncontained TrumpVirus resulted in GDP crashing at a historic -31% pace in 20Q2. And of the 75 million workers initiating unemployment claims due to the pandemic during his term, 2.5 million remain on the rolls today — still above the 1.7 million pre-pandemic norm.

The President caused a TrumpVirus resurgence only for the purpose of salvaging his legacy. He desperately wanted to avoid voters going to the polls realizing The Donald (alone) was at fault for April 2020’s 22% U-6 Unemployment Rate & plunging the U.S. economy into its deepest crash (-31% GDP) ever — including the Great Depression.

Today’s projection reveals 744,000 souls (of 889K total) will have perished unnecessarily due to misguided policymaker decisions to prematurely re-open.

Long-term care residents comprise 1% of the USA population but were 36% of Covid19 victims — as high as 73% in some States. 81% of fatalities were over the age of 64 and 95% were over 49.

USA’s mortality rate: 0.27% or 2,664 deaths/million — 21st worst in world — behind Peru (0.63%), Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Georgia, Czechia, Romania, Gibraltar, Brazil, Slovakia, Croatia, San Marino, Moldova, Armenia, Slovenia, Argentina, Colombia & Lithuania.

UK
The model indicates the pandemic’s third wave will claim yet another 7,100 fatalities across the UK before transitioning to endemic status in May 2022 — based on present policymaker mitigation of existing variants. Added to the current toll (147,100), an ultimate 154,200 victims are projected over 2020–2022.

The UK’s wave#1 was initially suppressed back on Aug 2nd 2020 — when new daily cases sunk below 750 and daily deaths were down to single digits. The model deemed wave#1 suppressed a second time (late May 2021) when once again daily-deaths hit single digits. Today’s daily-deaths rate (95) is 92% below its Jan/2021 record high (1,200).

The model suggests the UK’s Covid19 pandemic is 95% complete. Troubling as today’s ultimate projection may be, the alternative natural herd immunity strategy promoted by conspirators would have cost 757,000 UK lives (66 million x 67% x 1.7% case mortality rate) with no guarantee of permanent immunity.

Today’s projection reveals 107K souls (of 154,200 total) will have perished unnecessarily due to misguided policymaker decisions to prematurely re-open.

The UK comprises only 1% of global population but has 4% of the Covid19 deaths (down from 11% in April) and 4% of today’s world “active” cases. 37% of victims lived in long-term care homes.

UK’s mortality rate: 0.22% or 2,219 deaths/million (28th worst in world)

CANADA
The model indicates the pandemic’s third wave will claim yet another 1,160 fatalities across Canada before transitioning to endemic status in April 2022 — based on present policymaker mitigation of existing variants. Added to the current toll (30,030), an ultimate 31,190 victims are projected 2020–2022.

The model reveals Canada’s wave#1 was initially suppressed on Aug 7th 2020 — when new daily cases sunk below 350 and daily deaths were down to single digits. Today’s daily-deaths rate (19) is 89% below its May 2020 record high (175).

The model suggests Canada’s Covid19 pandemic is 96% complete. Troubling as today’s ultimate projection may be, the alternative natural herd immunity strategy promoted by conspirators would have cost 421,000 Canadian lives (37 million x 67% x 1.7% case fatality rate) with no guarantee of permanent immunity.

Today’s projection reveals 22,000 souls (of 31,190 total) will have perished unnecessarily due to misguided policymaker decisions to prematurely re-open.

Canadian media (CTV & CBC) annually expose nursing home neglect and under-staffing, so there’s no surprise this sector saw the most confirmed cases. 69% of Covid19 victims resided or worked in long-term facilities. 88% of fatalities were over the age of 69.

Canada’s mortality rate: 0.08% or 812 deaths/million

ONTARIO
The model indicates the pandemic’s third wave will claim yet another 590 fatalities across Ontario before transitioning to endemic status in August 2022 — based on present policymaker mitigation of existing variants. Added to the current toll (10,110), an ultimate 10,700 victims are projected 2020–2022.

It reveals Ontario’s wave#1 was initially suppressed on July 7th 2020 — when new daily cases sunk below 150 and the Province reported its third consecutive fatality-free day. Today’s daily-deaths rate (6) is 90% below its record highs (60) in May 2020 & Jan/2021.

The model suggests Ontario’s pandemic is 94% complete. Troubling as today’s ultimate projection may be, the alternative natural herd immunity strategy promoted by conspirators would have cost 171,000 Ontario lives (15 million x 67% x 1.7% case fatality rate) with no guarantee of permanent immunity.

Today’s projection reveals 7,900 souls (of 10,700 total) will have perished unnecessarily due to misguided policymaker decisions to prematurely re-open.

Finding 66% of its Covid deaths in nursing homes, to Ontario’s credit it was one of the first jurisdiction to initiate an Inquiry Commission to evaluate the crisis in long-term seniors care facilities.

Ontario’s mortality rate: 0.07% or 676 deaths/million

BC
The model indicates the pandemic’s third wave will claim yet another 89 fatalities across the Province before transitioning to endemic status in February 2022 — based on present policymaker mitigation of existing variants. Added to the current toll (2,399), an ultimate 2,488 victims are projected 2020–2022.

It reveals BC’s wave#1 was initially suppressed way back on June 20th 2020 — when new daily cases had dwindled to single digits and the Province reported its ninth consecutive fatality-free day. The model deemed wave#1 suppressed a second time (late July 2021) when once again daily-deaths hit single digits. Today’s daily-deaths rate (3) is down substantially from the record 21/day in December 2020.

The model suggests BC’s pandemic is 96% complete. Troubling as today’s ultimate projection may be, the alternative natural herd immunity strategy promoted by conspirators would have cost 33,500 BC lives (5 million x 67% x 1.0% case fatality rate) with no guarantee of permanent immunity.

Today’s projection reveals 2,300 souls (of 2,488 total) will have perished unnecessarily due to misguided policymaker decisions to prematurely re-open.

BC exhibits among the lowest fatality, mortality & incidence rates across Canada & the globe. British Columbia & Washington State were the first North American regions to see confirmed cases take off. Wise leadership quickly contained the spread, had faulty re-opening strategies, but both jurisdictions are again on paths to normality.

Credit to BC in being among the first to mandate full vaccination for healthcare workers and bar family visitations to nursing homes and disallow care workers from attending multiple long-term residences. Residents of BC long-term facilities comprise 68% of total fatalities.

BC mortality rate: 0.04% or 412 deaths/million

The TRENDLines Research POST-PEAK LINEARIZATION MODEL (PPLM)
These six Covid19 projections are generated by TR’s linearization model. It extrapolates a jurisdiction’s mortality rate after the curve’s peak — particularly the most recent days & weeks. The graph’s data points move left to right chronologically above its date’s cumulative death toll on the x-axis. The intersection of their trend line at the x-axis indicates an estimate of the ultimate total deaths. As daily data points are added, a high y-axis data point (high mortality rate) will shift the bottom of the trend line to the right and a higher fatalities count … and vice versa.

There is no medical component aside from tracking daily & cumulative fatalities. This strictly mathematical model analyzes nuanced gradient changes in a curve’s down-slope and assumes no change in gov’t guidelines, orders or citizenry behaviour. This same methodology has been one of the criteria by which TRENDLines Research has determined global & Saudi Arabia oil reserves since 2004. On request, I can similarly chart any Nation, State, Province or Region — presented alone or with comparatives.


About TRENDLines Research
Data analyst Freddy Hutter of Vancouver Island BC has developed models & methodologies for macro-economic charts & guidance for policy-makers, stakeholders. legislators, investors, educators, and the public with a long term multi-disciplinary perspective since 1989. TRENDLines removes the noise in (economic) data to reveal the underlying trends. Specialties include: Recession Indicators for Canada, USA & China; Realty Bubble Indicators for Canada, USA, UK & Australia; Global Oil Production & Price Component analysis/forecasts; & national, provincial Party & Presidential political election projections. Covid-19 ultimate deaths forecasting is the most recent endeavour.

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TRENDLines Research’s data analyst, Freddy Hutter (BC, Canada) has developed macro-economic models since 1989, publishing unique charts at http://trendlines.ca

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