This is what's so scary. Numbers of identified cases have gone exponentially up. If anything, we are underestimating the numbers of cases and deaths.
Folks, I am a primary care doctor. When most people die, I, as the bottom of the medical pile, get a death certificate I have to fill out. If I'm lucky I will be able to ask for and get the last 24 hour records of their death. Usually I get nothing. No autopsy. No. Thing. I have to make the best educated guess. I check off 'natural death' unless there's nothing to the contrary. I recognize the inadequacy of this system and have bitched about it for years.