I've been seeing an ad on Facebook and Instagram for the last couple of weeks. It's for a Philips brand AED called "DreamHug." I'm all for safety equipment in our homes. I have a fire extinguisher in my kitchen (no comments about my cooking please.) I've taken CPR classes. Of course I want to keep my family safe in case of an emergency. But.... Does it strike you as odd that Philips is now marking heart defibrillators for home use, after two years of increased sudden deaths?
By Ed Dowd
A 40 percent increase in deaths is literally earth-shaking. Even a 10 percent increase in excess deaths would have been a 1-in-200-year event. But this was 40 percent.
And therein lies a story—a story that starts with obvious questions:
What has caused this historic spike in deaths among younger people?
What has caused the shift from old people, who are expected to die, to younger people, who are expected to keep living?
It isn’t COVID, of course, because we know that COVID is not a significant cause of death in young people. Various stakeholders opine about what could be causing this epidemic of unexpected sudden deaths, but “CAUSE UNKNOWN” doesn’t opine or speculate. The facts just are, and the math just is...