94% of US COVID-19 Deaths Involved Underlying Medical Conditions — CDC

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President Trump even spread the misinformation before Twitter took it down. It was copied from a Facebook post and claimed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had "quietly updated the Covid number to admit that only 6%" of reported deaths - or about 9,000 - "actually died from Covid". The original post says that "94% [of people who died of COVID-19] had 2-3 other serious illnesses and the overwhelming majority were of very advanced age". However, that does not mean only 6% of reported deaths are attributed to the virus - it means 94 percent of people had at least one additional factor contributing to their deaths.

During a media call with reporters on last week, USA "testing czar" Adm Brett Giroir said the updated recommendations were discussed with members of the White House coronavirus task force, including Fauci. "They did", Fauci said.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany justified Trump's retweet, saying that it was purely informative.

In all 161,392 cases listed on the CDC comorbidity table below, the underlying cause of death is Covid-19, Anderson explained.

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In nursing and personal care homes alone, there have been 20,979 cases in residents and 4,578 cases in employees. The state Department of Health reported 16 new deaths attributed to coronavirus after posting 20 on Friday.

This tracks with what is known about the virus, that people with certain conditions such as cancer, diabetes, or asthma are at a higher risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2, as are older individuals, who are also more likely to have other health problems.

'That does not mean that someone who has hypertension, diabetes who dies of COVID didn't die of COVID-19. In the same way, someone who gets COVID-19, which causes respiratory failure, and then dies of kidney failure due to being on a ventilator would have at least three things on their form - the immediate cause, kidney failure, the secondary cause, respiratory failure, and the underlying cause, COVID-19. "Ninety-four percent had comorbidities, but in my opinion they died of COVID", said Chansolme. The CDC's data, found here, looked at death certificates, which can lag behind raw death numbers from hospitals and states.

"You don't want a vaccine to be available widely to the American public unless it's been shown to be safe and effective", Fauci said.

The theory surfaced after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out a report showing that about 94 percent of the people who died from COVID-19 in the U.S. between the week ending February 1 and the week ending August 22 had other health conditions that also contributed to their passing. But it didn't change the fact that all 180,000-plus coronavirus deaths in the US are "real deaths from COVID-19", Dr. Anthony Fauci told Good Morning America on Tuesday.

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