Trump's plan to limit the pandemic's death toll: Undercount the numbers - 2020-05-14

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F0.png Trump's plan to limit the pandemic's death toll: Undercount the numbers May 14, 2020, Matthew Yglesias, Vox

Recent methodological changes have annoyed the president by pushing death numbers higher. These changes, according to experts, are a sound and reasonable effort to reduce the amount of undercounting. They factor in that deaths have surged by more than the official coronavirus stats say.

On Wednesday, the Daily Beast reported that Trump and members of his coronavirus task are now pressuring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get states to change how they count deaths, a campaign designed to lower the numbers.

As Trump tries to juke the stats, he's committing the original sin of America's pandemic response — falling way beyond the curve in terms of testing and surveillance. For Trump, that seemingly doesn't matter because it's more politically convenient to keep official infection numbers low.

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{{cite news | first = Matthew | last = Yglesias | title = Trump's plan to limit the pandemic's death toll: Undercount the numbers | url = https://www.vox.com/2020/5/14/21257247/trump-coronavirus-death-stats | work = Vox | date = May 14, 2020 | accessdate = May 14, 2020 }}