CDC confuses many with newly adjusted COVID-19 death rate in U.S.

Among others, conservative pundit and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza are suggesting that perhaps the "error" was more about funding than anything else.

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Updated May 26, 2020

According to its site, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just readjusted the COVID-19 death numbers. They’ve dropped significantly, causing many people to wonder what the heck is going on.

The number range of coronavirus fatalities varied between an initially reported 60,000 U.S. deaths to an amended figure of 37,000, causing confusion among many. The more inflated number is being called a “gaffe” by some. However, authorities are constantly receiving and computing data from a wide array of sources, hence fluctuations and changes may be necessary and to be considered.

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This is sure to further erode public trust in information sources. The public was already leery after the projected five million deaths were whittled down to 200,000 and then further shaved down to 60,000.

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Every single model —even the ones predicting 5.2 million Americans dead— factored in “100% social distancing” in the model and quarantine levels that we did not even come remotely close to in this country.

Some folks are speculating that perhaps pneumonia deaths were lumped in with the COVID deaths. And the death rate is now at a shocking 0.3 percent?

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Others, like conservative pundit and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, are suggesting that perhaps the “error” was more about funding than anything else.

Let’s hope that everyone can clarify data and update stats accordingly, so people can get back (safely) to their lives before we all face an economic depression that could literally kill millions of people and destroy our children’s futures.

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