U.S. CDC reports 183,050 coronavirus deaths

U.S. CDC reports 183,050 coronavirus deaths

President Donald Trump retweeted at least two, and his senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis linked to an article from the fringe site Gateway Pundit that remains live, The Hill reports.

The term "Only 6%" trended widely on Twitter over the weekend as supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory promoted tweets that falsely suggested the CDC had updated its records to show that only 6% of us deaths tied to COVID-19 were legitimate.

"That does not mean that someone who has hypertension or diabetes who dies of Covid didn't die of Covid-19", he continued.

The dismissal comes after the United States president shared a tweet on Sunday which claimed - without basis - that the CDC had admitted to documenting only 9,000 deaths during the pandemic.

Early on in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, there was little data on the virus and how it affects the body. The rest of the deaths were because of other illnesses, the tweet claimed. The U.S. has topped 6 million confirmed cases and more than 183,500 deaths. "So let's get this straight - based on the recommendation of doctors [Anthony] Fauci and [Deborah] Birx, the USA shut down the entire economy based on 9,000 American deaths due entirely to the China coronavirus?" the article said.

But such claims misrepresent the data. If a person were to decline to such an extent that they went into cardiac arrest and died, that too would be listed on a death certificate. Someone with heart problems can still be killed by COVID-19, and the death certificate could mention both as contributing. Doctors might not know - or specify - all the reasons behind a particular death. As the virus spread across the globe, data showed that some people were at a higher risk of developing severe disease and dying from the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection.

As an example, say someone has lung cancer, and dies in hospital of an infection after having a lung removed.

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