No, The CDC Did Not Revise Down The Number Of COVID-19 Deaths
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Several tweets went viral on Saturday that falsely accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of drastically revising down the number of COVID-19 deaths in the US, inflaming conspiracy theories that the coronavirus is not as serious as officials claim.
As of Saturday, the CDC says more than 64,000 people have died in the US, but the false tweets accused them of quietly cutting that figure in half.
The most prominent tweet came from right-wing media personality Tim Young.
Young linked to a provisional count of COVID-19 deaths from the National Vital Statistics System, an inter-governmental system which tracks births and deaths in the US and which on Friday night put the figure close to 37,000.
Many responses to Young’s tweet accused the media of a conspiracy in ignoring the “true” death toll count.
But the table Young links to …continued .