Fauci Squashes Trump’s Distortion Of CDC’s COVID-19 Death Toll Data

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci speaks during the daily briefing on COVID-19 in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on March 31, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/... Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci speaks during the daily briefing on COVID-19 in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on March 31, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday threw cold water on President Donald Trump and his allies’ attempt to distort the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) data to misleadingly shrink the COVID-19 death toll.

During an interview on “Good Morning America,” Fauci clarified the CDC’s recent report that states 6 percent (approximately 9,000) of the 183,500 COVID-19 deaths were attributed to the coronavirus alone.

The infectious disease expert pointed out that the figure simply means COVID-19 caused those 9,000 deaths without causing the pneumonia, cardiac arrest, or other complications that killed the other 94 percent of people who contracted the virus.

That data “does not mean that someone who has hypertension or diabetes who dies of COVID didn’t die of COVID-19. They did,” Fauci said.

“So the numbers you’ve been hearing, the 180,000+ deaths, are real deaths from COVID-19. Let there not be any confusion about that,” he added. “It’s not 9,000 deaths from COVID-19. It’s 180+ thousand deaths.”

Fauci’s explanation comes after Trump retweeted several times the false claim that only 6 percent of the CDC’s recorded deaths were caused by COVID-19 (Twitter took down one of the posts Trump had retweeted for violating the platform’s misinformation policy). White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended the President’s retweets, claiming that he was “highlighting new CDC information that came out that was worth noting.”

Watch Fauci below:

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  1. Daniel Dale
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    Trump has required the creation of a new species of presidential fact check in which you have to drag in some unsuspecting entity to correct him - the Boy Scouts, the Babe Ruth Museum, Portland Fire & Rescue, the government of Sweden.

  2. Avatar for bodie1 bodie1 says:

    There is a reason why Trump and this administration have been lethally and purposely wrong about this virus. It disproportionally hits minorities who tend to vote for Democrats. This is called genocide. There is no other word for it.

  3. I like pogrom. Just because when conversing with a prole it throws them, you just know you’ve lost them.

  4. Avatar for reggid reggid says:

    This is not complicated. The other pre-existing conditions were not by themselves fatal. Not hard to grasp, which is why the Deplorables have such difficulty. If you get clipped by a bicycle crossing the street that causes you to fall, and then get run over by a truck that kills you, the Trumptards would claim that you were killed by the bike. It’s a contributing factor, but it’s not the cause of death.

    Good God, the stupidity of the Deplorables is stunning.

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