'When in doubt, call it COVID' says President Trump

"The deaths are real deaths," responds Dr. Fauci. "It's not fake."

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

President Trump
President Trump

“The number of cases and deaths of the China Virus is far exaggerated in the United States,” President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday, prompting predictable outrage as well as a public protest from Dr. Anthony Fauci.

“The deaths are real deaths,” Fauci said on ABC News’ “This Week.” “All you need to do is go out into the trenches – go to the hospitals, see what the healthcare workers are dealing with. The hospital beds are stretched, people are running out of beds, running out of trained personnel who are exhausted,” he added. “Right now, that’s real. That’s not fake – that’s real.”

Trump wasn’t disputing the death toll, however, merely the categorization of deaths as due to coronavirus. “When in doubt, call it Covid. Fake news!” he wrote, accusing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of using a “ridiculous method of determination compared to other countries, many of whom report, purposely, very inaccurately and low.”

According to the CDC’s figures for the last week (December 26th to January 2nd), there were 294,884 “coronavirus deaths,” defined as “Deaths with confirmed or presumed Covid-19.”

The CDC adds that, “For 6% of the deaths, Covid-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to Covid-19, on average, there were 2.9 additional conditions or causes per death.”

Using such a methodology, the CDC comes up with a figure of over 350,000 coronavirus deaths for the United States, since the outbreak of the epidemic.