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Dr. Birx: We have ‘very liberal’ recording of COVID deaths; if they test positive, ‘we are counting that’

Dr. Birx: We have ‘very liberal’ recording of COVID deaths; if they test positive, ‘we are counting that’

During Tuesday’s White House press briefing, coronavirus task force leader Dr. Deborah Birx explained that COVID-19 deaths in the United States have “very liberal” recording guidance, noting that anyone who tests positive for the virus and dies would be included in their numbers of coronavirus deaths. Responding to a question from a reporter about potential underreporting of novel coronavirus deaths in the nation, Dr. Birx responded: “I think in this country, we are taking a very liberal approach to mortality. And I think the reporting here has been pretty straightforward over the last five to six weeks,” she said, adding, “If someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that.” Dr. Birx suggested COVID-19 deaths in January and February were likely underreported, due to a lack of testing. “When there wasn’t testing in January and February, that’s a very different situation and unknown,” she explained. While the U.S.’s death toll has been highlighted in relation to other counties, Dr….
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