If someone elderly with blood clots and cancer treatment dies from respiratory distress, the federal government is generous about calling it a COVID-19 death. Even gunshot victims are considered COVID-19 related if they had tested positive for the virus in the last 30 days. So the increased COVID-19 deaths here are not mislabeled, at least if we extrapolate from people with similar lung failure who died at the same hospital in years before COVID-19. Japan had few cases and few deaths from COVID-19 because they refused to worry about it. \"What was persistent before and after COVID-19, and something we need to be better about after last year's coronavirus is a memory?