Fauci debunks theories of low CDC coronavirus death toll: "There are 180,000-plus deaths" in U.S.
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September 02 2020

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Fauci debunks theories of low CDC coronavirus death toll: "There are 180,000-plus deaths" in U.S.

This article from CNBC may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

“That does not mean that someone who has hypertension or diabetes who dies of Covid didn’t die of Covid-19. They did,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the program. “So, the numbers you’ve been hearing -- there are 180,000-plus deaths -- are real deaths from Covid-19. Let (there) not be any confusion about that.” 

“It’s not 9,000 deaths from Covid-19, it’s 180-plus-thousand deaths,” Fauci said. 

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics told CNBC in a statement that death certificates list all possible causes or conditions that lead to a person’s death, and there may be more than one listed.

There were more than 161,300 death certificates that listed Covid-19 among the possible causes of death as of Aug. 22, according to NCHS. About 6% of the certificates that mention Covid-19 list it as the sole cause on the death certificate. The remaining 94% included other causes alongside Covid-19. 

Eoin Treacy's view

According to this table from the CDC’s website there have been 164,280 recorded deaths from COVID-19.

150,737 of those have been people over the age of 55.

That means 91.7% of deaths are from people over the age of 55. Of those, 94% had pre-existing conditions. There are 59 million over the age of 55 out of a total population of 281 million. 

The people most at risk are those who are already sick or have chronic conditions and who are over the age of 55. If you are younger than that and generally healthy, you have a lot less to worry about.

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