Deborah Birx, Donald Trump’s chief coronavirus official, is committed to reducing the number of deaths recorded
The head of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force urges the Centers for Disease Control to change the way it calculates by the coronavirus in a way that would reduce the number of deaths as part of an “ all-encompassing ” data assessment.
A board official confirmed elements of a report on Thursday when asked if Dr. Birx was pushing changes in the methodology of the number of deaths and told DailyMail.com: “Task Force members are looking for ways to improve data quality and mortality data are just one aspect of that assessment process. ‘
When asked if that included a total of US COVID-19 infections – which exceeded 1 million – the official said the assessment was “ comprehensive. ”
The advocacy of Dr. Deborah Birx was confirmed by three unnamed government officials, the Daily beast reported – and comes if the U.S. death toll from the disease was above 83,000, according to a Johns Hopkins University census, and 82,000 according to the last published CDC census.
The pressure of Dr. Deborah Birx was confirmed by an administrative officer who said that mortality data is ‘only one’ aspect of an assessment process
Birx is trying to get rid of two categories of deaths: people who are believed to be positive for COVID-19 but do not have confirmed laboratory tests that show they have the disease, and people who have the virus but may have died from something else, according to the report.
The CDC already recognizes on its own website that death rates and mortality rates are estimates based on state data, yet strive to provide the latest information available for tracking and scientific purposes. It counts both confirmed and “probable” cases.
One of the many factors that contribute to the challenge of getting good estimates is a serious lack of testing early in the outbreak. Many states have revised the number of deaths, including those who died at home, presumably from the disease, but who were never hospitalized.
In addition, testing has proven less than 100 percent accurate – even on the Abbott testing machine used in the White House and touted by President Donald Trump.
People who suffer from the disease can eventually succumb to related conditions, including pneumonia or heart complications.
At a hearing in the Senate on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the country’s top infectious disease experts, asked a question from Senator Bernie Sanders about the number of deaths. Sanders noted that some experts believe the accurate totals are 50 percent higher than what is reported.
“I’m not sure, Senator Sanders, if it will be 50 percent higher,” Fauci replied. “But most of us believe the number of deaths is likely to be higher than that.”
A report says President Trump and Dr. Deborah Birx privately urging to change the way death rates are calculated. Trump wants states to open their economies whenever possible
Trump has expressed private doubts about the number of deaths, although he publicly supported US figures.
The statistic has become both a political and a health problem – comparing the United States and other countries based on their death rate and infection rate. The United States is at the forefront of the world of coronavirus deaths, at about 28 percent of the total, despite making up about 4 percent of the world’s population.
When asked last week if he believed the numbers when the US death toll reached 70,000, Trump replied, ‘Well, I think what it is – it’s what it is, from – you say it’s 70,000. It is now about 70,000. So do I believe them? Yes.’
When pressed, he replied, “I don’t believe them from China. And I don’t believe them from other countries, where I see, you know, a very small number of people died, but you watch the news and you see what’s going on. ‘
“But our numbers are, you know, essentially certified numbers. They are individual hospitals; they pass on the numbers. I don’t – I can’t imagine that there would be a very wide variety. ‘
However, the report cites two officials who are aware of the president’s private comments, who said he suggested that U.S. numbers may have been incorrectly registered or that the methodology will blow them up.
At the beginning of a hearing about the coronavirus response on Thursday, California representative Anna Eshoo referred to the 80,000 deaths when she began, “We are the largest country in the world. And yet we have the most cases and most deaths from COVID-19 in any country in the world. Why? She called the first response “awkward” and “disastrous.”
According to CDC, a “probable” case or death from the coron virus is defined by one of the following: “Meeting clinical criteria AND epidemiological evidence without confirmatory laboratory studies conducted for COVID-19; Meet presumed laboratory evidence AND either clinical criteria OR epidemiological evidence; or meet the criteria of vital records without confirmatory laboratory tests performed for COVID19. ‘