Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox.  Sign up here. To get an accurate count of the number of people in the U.S. killed by the novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19, it’s important that we conduct widespread testing of both the general population and those who have died.People who suffer from a number of preexisting conditions are more likely to die if also infected by this new coronavirus. If they tested positive for COVID-19 that should be included on their deaths certificates.Many people have said we are at war with the coronavirus – and apt analogy. But if we are to fight and defeat this enemy, we need to understand the enemy’s strength and where it is mobilized against us. Testing for the presence of the virus among both the living and those who have died gives us this vital public health information.CORONAVIRUS NOW KILLING MORE AMERICANS THAN CANCER, HEART DISEASE: REPORTTesting people who have died for the presence of the coronavirus is simple. All that is needed is a nasal swab for DNA testing at medical examiner or coroner mortuaries or at funeral homes. Very little additional protective gear would be

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