Get a load of this horse shit.
Courtesy of WaPo:
When a man in the crowd of her Iowa campaign stop told Sen. Joni Ernst (R) on Monday that he believed the number of U.S. coronavirus deaths had been overcounted, Ernst replied that she too was “so skeptical.”
“These health-care providers and others are reimbursed at a higher rate if covid is tied to it, so what do you think they’re doing?” she said to the crowd outside Waterloo, Iowa, according to a report by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.
Ernst’s comments echo conspiracy theories pushed by QAnon followers that have been debunked by doctors and public health experts. According to fact-checking site PolitiFact, public health experts believe the number of coronavirus deaths is probably undercounted, because many of the hardest-hit cities lacked the resources to effectively document every death early in the pandemic.
Critics lashed out at Ernst over the claim, including Democrat Theresa Greenfield, who is seeking to unseat her in a November election expected to be tight.
“It’s appalling for you to say you’re ‘so skeptical’ of the toll this pandemic has on our families and communities across Iowa,” Greenfield said in a tweet directed at Ernst. “We need leaders who will take this seriously.”
Ernst and the QAnon chuckleheads are not the only idiots promoting this theory, so did the conspiracy theorist-in-chief.
Courtesy of The Hill:
President Trump over the weekend retweeted a conspiracy theory falsely claiming that only about 9,000 people had “actually” died from coronavirus, instead of about 150,000.
Twitter later removed the tweet, written by a user named “Mel Q,” who is also a believer of the QAnon conspiracy theory, saying it violated its rules.
The now-deleted tweet pointed to a post on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website saying that “for 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned.”
But contrary to the claim in the tweet, that does not mean that the other 94 percent did not die from the coronavirus. Many of the remaining deaths were listed as also having conditions that are directly caused by the coronavirus, such as “respiratory failure.” Others had underlying conditions that are not necessarily deadly on their own, but that make coronavirus worse, such as obesity and diabetes.
As if you needed any more reason to reject these ridiculous suggestions from Ernst, Trump, and QAnon, Anthony Fauci was unequivocal in his response.
Courtesy of ABC News:
“Let there not be any confusion,” Fauci said after President Donald Trump retweeted an article that inaccurately suggested the real number of COVID-19 deaths is 9,000. “It’s not 9,000 deaths from COVID-19. It’s 180,000-plus deaths,” Fauci told Good Morning America. “The point that the CDC was trying to make was that a certain percentage of [deaths] had nothing else but COVID,” Fauci said.
“That does not mean that someone who has hypertension, or diabetes who dies of COVID didn’t die of COVID-19. They did.”
This is why we need a Dr. Fauci around during all of this.
Whenever you hear something that sounds sketchy you just have to find out what Dr. Fauci said about it and then you know.