There have been swirling rumors that the death numbers being reported as attributable to coronavirus are being intentionally inflated. But Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top expert on the White House coronavirus task force, bluntly rejected the notion.
“There is absolutely no evidence that that’s the case at all,” Fauci said during a recent interview on NBC. “I think it falls under the category of something that’s very unfortunate, these conspiracy theories that we hear about. Every time we have a crisis of any sort, there’s always this popping up of conspiracy theories. I think the deaths that we’re seeing are coronavirus deaths, and the other deaths are not being counted as coronavirus deaths.”
A report from Washington Examiner noted that even Fox News hosts were dabbling with the theory. “Several Fox News personalities have brought up the theory that deaths are inflated as a result of including anyone who died with the virus, rather than just counting those whose cause of death was the coronavirus,” said Washington Examiner. “Fox News prime-time anchor Tucker Carlson discussed the topic in a segment on his show Wednesday night with network contributor Brit Hume.”
Dr. Deborah Birx, the other top expert on the virus task force is equally suspicious of the theory. “Those individuals will have an underlying condition, but that underlying condition did not cause their acute death when it’s related to a [COVID-19] infection,” Birx said. “In fact, it’s the opposite.”