Death certificate data suggests higher number of COVID deaths than state’s total

“This can only be explained by COVID,” said University of California, Irvine Associate Professor Andrew Noymer, who has been researching pandemics for more than 13 years. The sheer number of excess deaths, Noymer said, cannot be attributed to typical causes like the aging U.S. population, which might provide a bump of about 4% per year. “The baby boomers getting older does not increase mortality by [32%], I guarantee you,” he continued. “There is significant undercount of COVID mortality, according to your numbers.”