By Duncan Smith
One of President Donald Trump’s top coronavirus health experts reportedly said she can’t “trust” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s figures on coronavirus deaths, which she allegedly believes are inflated.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force response coordinator, reportedly said she believes the COVID-19 mortality rate has been jacked up by about 25 percent.
She also criticized the method the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was using to collect its data during a heated task force meeting, according to a report Saturday from The Washington Post.
“There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust,” she reportedly told the CDC’s director, Robert Redfield.
In a statement to the Post, Birx said the coronavirus “mortality is slowly declining each day,” and that now is the time to focus on protecting the most vulnerable populations in the country, such as older Americans and people with preexisting conditions.”
“To keep with this trend, it is essential that seniors and those with comorbidities shelter in place and that we continue to protect vulnerable communities,” she reportedly said.
Birx is not alone in doubting coronavirus death figures. The Daily Caller reported earlier this month that two-thirds of Americans doubt official numbers.
In a separate report the site noted:
Concerns over the way death tolls were being counted emerged after New York added 4,000 people who had never tested positive to its official count overnight. The CDC later confirmed that they were including “probable” cases of the virus in its official counts, potentially adding thousands of people who never tested positive to official death tolls.