Dr. Fauci on CDC report: Let there not be any confusion

Thursday, September 3, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

COVID-19 illustrationMedical professionals say there is no reason to be confused by the CDC's recent revelation that only 6% of coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S. have COVID-19 listed as the only cause of death. 

According to the CDC, 9,683 people have died in the U.S. with COVID-19 listed as the only cause of death on their death certificate. Some people have been quick to pounce on this news, saying COVID-19 concerns were overblown. Others want things reopened and formask mandates rescinded. (See earlier article)

Still, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, a White House adviser with as many critics as he has supporters, recently told ABC's "Good Morning America" there is no reason to be confused:

Dr. Fauci testifying (1)If you look at the people who died of COVID disease, the point that the CDC was trying to make was that a certain percentage of them had nothing else but just COVID. That does not mean that someone else who has hypertension or diabetes who dies of COVID didn't die of COVID-19. Let there not be any confusion about that. It's not 9,000 deaths from COVID-19. It's 180,000-plus deaths.

Marty Makary, M.D. of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health weighed in on Fox News Channel.

"Conspiracy theorists have postulated that this shows that other comorbidities have accounted for the cause of death. But when we doctors fill out a death certificate, we have to list the primary underlying cause of death, and COVID-19 was listed for the vast majority of those cases," said Makary. "It only means that in about six percent of cases there was not another primary cause of death, and it just supports the theory that if you're young and healthy, it's very hard for this virus to really hurt you."

Makary went on to describe any COVID-19 fatalities involving people under the age of 50 and with no underlying medical conditions as "rare events."

Makary

"What we're learning from the data and from this CDC report last Thursday is that in about 90-plus percent of cases there is at least one of the conditions of the so-called metabolic syndrome," Makary continued. "That is diabetes, obesity, or hypertension. That is the fundamental problem. That is the reason that our per capita death rates are so high in the United States compared to other countries. We have higher rates of those metabolic syndrome component."

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that hospitalizations are down in states like Texas, Florida, Utah, and California. Makary chalks that up to people taking precautions.

"It does work," he added.

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