Wait, what?

Courtesy of CBS News

President Trump suggested Wednesday that New York City is artificially inflating its coronavirus death toll, after a revised count added more than 3,700 fatalities to the city’s tally. His accusation drew disgust from the mayor’s office — which reminded the president that he’s talking about human beings with grieving families — and bewilderment from New York’s governor.

“I see this morning where New York added 3,000 deaths because they died,” Mr. Trump said during his White House press conference, rounding down the number of new deaths. “Rather than heart attack, they say heart attack caused by this.”

New York Governor Andrew Como said Thursday he couldn’t understand why anyone would even want to pad a death toll.

“That doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Cuomo said when asked about it at his daily press conference. “It’s bad enough as it is, it’s painful enough as it is. Why would you want to inflate a death toll? Look, I don’t know, but it sounds even more bizarre than usual that anyone would want to do that.”

New York City on Tuesday reported a coronavirus death toll total topping 10,000 people after adding an additional category for who is counted. The city reported the deaths of 3,778 people who were never tested or hospitalized for the virus, but whose death appeared to be due to COVID-19 symptoms. The death certificates for these victims list the cause of death as “COVID-19 or an equivalent.”

The city said it added this category to account for thousands of people who died at home before they could be tested. This is in line with CDC guidance that says COVID-19 can be listed as a probable or presumed cause of death if a person’s infection was not officially confirmed but “the circumstances are compelling within a reasonable degree of certainty.” Cuomo mentioned this guidance when asked about Mr. Trump’s comments.

The reason that they expanded the guidelines for identifying Coronavirus related deaths is that it became clear that we were undercounting them all over the country. 

This is an attempt to get a more accurate count and it is not just happening in New York.

Trump did not stop there he also accused other countries of underreporting their number of dead. 

Courtesy of The Daily Mail:

Trump also accused other countries of attempting to mitigate and cover up their true number of coronavirus fatalities as the US officially became the country with the highest fatality rate in the world.

‘To think you’re getting honest numbers from some of these countries,’ the president said in response to a question from DailyMail.com.

‘Does anybody really believe the numbers of some of these countries,’ he said during his press briefing in the White House Rose Garden.

The United States contains 20 percent of all global coronavirus deaths despite being only four per cent of the world’s population.

Clearly Trump is freaked out that America has more cases than any other country on the planet and as usual wants to challenge the facts rather than accept that the fucked up, and fucked up badly.

The thing is that he is likely not totally wrong, I think there is a small percentage of countries that are drastically underreporting their numbers, like China and Russia for instance,  but unless every country is lying it is painfully clear that our response to this crisis was probably the very worst one.