There’s a lot of debate in this forum about whether the positive case and fatality numbers from Covid-19 can be trusted. I think this should be explored further.
I believe looking at excess deaths is a good place to start. In the US, the excess death number for 2020 almost exactly matches what is being reported as the number of deaths from coronavirus.
“When you look at the number of excess deaths this year in comparison with previous years, it’s staggering,” Dr. William Hanage, a professor of epidemiology at Harvard University’s School of Public Health told Live Science. That’s an estimated 228,200 additional deaths in the United States, according to the Weinberger Lab at the University of California, San Francisco. Hanage noted that many of the people who have died so far had nonfatal diseases and would not have perished but for contracting the new coronavirus as well. For instance, someone with diabetes or high-blood pressure might have lived decades longer if they had not contracted COVID-19.