Many Americans, including President Trump, don’t believe the data related to COVID-19 that is coming from The Center for Disease Control (CDC) — and for good reason.
Inflated COVID deaths and cases frighten people and give Democrat governors like Andrew Cuomo (NY) and Gavin Newsom (CA) more power to lock down their economies and control people’s lives.
President Trump called out the CDC for what he termed a “ridiculous method” used to inflate US numbers while other countries are purposely deflating their numbers.
“The number of cases and deaths of the China Virus is far exaggerated in the United States because of [the CDC’s] ridiculous method of determination compared to other countries, many of whom report, purposely, very inaccurately and low. When in doubt, call it Covid. Fake News!”
Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci pushed back against Trump’s complaint, saying: “Go to the hospitals and see what the health care workers are dealing with. They are under very stressful situations in many areas of the country. The hospital beds are stretched, people are running out of beds, running out of trained personnel who are exhausted.”
Supporting the president’s claims, two Minnesota legislators, Representative Mary Franson and state Senator Scott Jensen, provided evidence of inflated numbers in their state. They called for President Trump to conduct a nationwide audit of the COVID-19 deaths reported by each state.
In an interview with Fox News, Franson and Jensen, a practicing physician, said that they initiated an investigation into COVID-19 death numbers at the prompting of some concerned Minnesotans. They found clear cut examples of deaths caused by suicide, drowning, vehicle accidents, dementia, and strokes.
Franson and Jensen found a 28% inflation of COVID deaths when examining 2800 COVID death certificates. 800 did not have COVID as an underlying cause of death.
Senator Jensen explained the incentive to inflate COVID numbers and said that if a hospital could meet a threshold of 161 admissions of COVID-19 to the hospital threshold between January and June, they would receive an additional 77K for each of those admissions. According to Franson, Florida reported that C-19 deaths were inflated by 10%. In Washington, the death toll could be inflated by 13%.
Franson appealed to President Trump to initiate a full audit saying, “We are calling for a full audit of every single state in the nation.” Franson went on to say that people are fearfully making decisions based on the inflated numbers, and governors are locking down states for the same reason.