Early in the panic Briggs made the point that when we decide to analyse data we take it as it is. That means the following charts are from CDC data as reported, warts and all. We don’t question the numbers. We draw most of our conclusions from the raw data and when a model is employed that is highlighted in the commentary. I was once asked how could I be sure this was “good CDC data” so I spent a couple of hours downloading the data for “Total deaths from All Causes” into MS Excel. I was able to reproduce the graphs exactly.