US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci, speaking on the Senate Committee, said the number of coronavirus victims is “almost certainly greater” than the approximately 80,000 deaths reported in official data.
Dr. Fauci and other Trump administration officials testified at a meeting of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, held under the title “COVID-19: Safe Return to Work and School Resumption.” During the meeting, Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders asked about the official death toll data.
“Dr. Fauci, according to official statistics, 80,000 Americans died as a result of the pandemic,” said Sanders. – However, some epidemiologists suggest that the number of deaths is perhaps 50% more than indicated. What is your opinion?”.
“I’m not sure, Senator Sanders, that their number is 50% higher, but most of us believe that the number of deaths is probably higher than this number,” said Fauchi. The fact is that, given the situation – especially in New York, when you had to work in very stressful conditions due to the huge load on the health care system – there may have been people who died at home, who were infected with the virus, but who were not considered to be infected with it virus, because they never got to the hospital.”
“Therefore, answering your question directly, I believe that you are right, that this number is probably more. I don’t know exactly how many percent more, but it is almost certainly more,” said Fauci.
Fauci’s answer contradicts what, according to reports, President Donald Trump said unofficially, namely that the official number of deaths is “overstated.” But his answer is consistent with numerous research findings about more deaths during a pandemic.
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