Twitter drops allegations about CDC and Covid-19 coronavirus deaths Trump retweeted

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When you see “only 6%” of the trends on Twitter, the next obvious question is “only 6% of what?” Only 6% of dogs wear shoes? Only 6% of cats are plotting to stage a coup in your home? Only 6% of what Tinder profiles say is true?

Nope. Various tweets pulled the 6% count from the following passage on the “Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:

“Table 3 shows the types of health problems and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. ”

For example, a Twitter account named Mel Q (not to be confused with the sixth member of the Spice Girls along with Mel B and Mel C) tweeted the following:

Yeah, the Q doesn’t mean “quahog” or “quick, let’s say Yosemite”. This appears to represent QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory that claims, among other things, that a ring of Satan-worshiping pedophiles is running a global child sex trafficking ring and is trying to bring down US President Donald J. Trump. .

Speaking of Trump, was it Donald J. Trump who retweeted Mel Q’s tweet? It looks like this because the account is called @realDonaldTrump as opposed to @notreallyDonaldTrump. So if the president retweeted Mel Q’s statements, that must be believable, right?

One small problem with the @littellmel Tweet though: it doesn’t accurately describe what the CDC said on its website. Therefore, if you search for the original Tweet now, you will receive a message that says, “This Tweet is no longer available because it violated Twitter rules. »Uh, what are you doing Mr. President

If you want to know why the original Tweet was inaccurate or misleading, just read the rest of what the CDC said after the 6%: “For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average , there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death. Take a look at these additional conditions or causes. They include things like adult pneumonia, respiratory distress syndrome, respiratory failure, respiratory arrest, other diseases of the respiratory system, and sepsis. Hmmm, that sounds a lot like what Covid-19 can lead to and what can ultimately kill people with severe Covid-19.

So, for example, let’s say a person contracts a Covid-19 coronavirus infection, which eventually progresses to pneumonia, ARDS, respiratory distress, and death. Then there is a good chance that doctors will list more than one of these conditions as the cause of death. After all, when you go to the grocery store, come back with a bunch of food and 5,000 rolls of toilet paper, and you are asked, “where have you been and what have you been up to,” you don’t tend. to say, “I got in the car. ”

It’s a reminder that the virus can trigger a series of events that can ultimately take a person’s life. In fact, with Covid-19 leading to all kinds of problems in the body, there’s a high probability (say over 90%) that something else will then be recorded as the cause of death in addition to Covid-19. It would actually be unusual to simply put Covid-19 as the cause of death without specifying what led to the patient’s disappearance.

So the 6% did not mean that “only 6%” of the 161,392 deaths (as of August 26) recorded by the CDC were in fact from Covid-19 as suggested by Mel Q.

Nonetheless, a wave of activity on Twitter ensued, as @mollyhc pointed out:

This activity included Tweets like these which suggested that only 6% of people who died from Covid-19 did not have pre-existing conditions:

As you can see @drdavidsamadi mentioned that ‘many men have been affected by Covid-19’ just in case you didn’t know, and that he is an ‘expert in men’s health’. It’s probably better than someone else saying ‘as a clothing expert many people wearing clothes have been affected by Covid-19’ and then giving an opinion on the CDC data. Still, what the CDC said on its website didn’t necessarily mean that “94% of deaths were in cases with pre-existing conditions.”

Other people (or Twitter accounts in case they aren’t real people) have suggested that people no longer need to take recommended public health precautions such as this Tweet:

Now is @TheDamaniFelder (compared to @ADaminiFelder) implying that anyone who has worn a mask is a sheep? Wouldn’t that include Trump, who wore a mask at least once during his visit to Walter Reed? Lone Ranger Sheep doesn’t exactly roll its tongue.

Then there was this Tweet:

No, that’s not what the CDC said. Also, if you think that means to cover up and open the schools, then in the words of Judas Priest, you have something else to come. Others have tried to take this opportunity to denigrate, surprise, surprise the media and scientists:

Even the actor who played Hercules in the TV series Hercules: the legendary voyages jumped into the fray:

Not exactly a legen, wait for that, dary Tweet.

This was only a small fraction, say, less than 6% of Sunday’s Tweets on the topic.

At the same time, others have tried to clarify what the CDC really means, as distorted information could be bad for your health:

Misrepresentation of CDC Statements and Statements? Tweets telling you to ignore public health recommendations? Does anyone denigrate the media and scientists? The president retweeting something said by a QAnon supporter? Sigh, just another day 2020 in the Twittersphere. And only less than 6% of it.

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