I keep coming across trump cultists on Conspiracy Theory Central aka Facebook breathlessly claiming that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has drastically downgraded the number of coronavirus-related deaths. They haven’t; in fact, based upon their data set – death certificates – it appears the rate is actually higher, but because there is a significant lag in reporting that can be up to eight weeks, the numbers they are reporting appear lower to those who don’t dig into the data.
But don’t take my word for it…
These numbers are preliminary because death certificates take time to be processed and collected, and complete death tallies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can take up to eight weeks to become final. The speed of that data reporting varies considerably by state. In Connecticut, for example, where reported coronavirus deaths are high, the C.D.C. statistics include zero reported deaths from any cause since Feb. 1, because of reporting lags.New York Times, April 28, 2020
And for all you cultists brainwashed to hate the NY Times, here is the fine print from the actual CDC report that says exactly what the Times reported because it’s where the Times got it:
NOTE: Number of deaths reported in this table are the total number of deaths received and coded as of the date of analysis and do not represent all deaths that occurred in that period.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
*Data during this period are incomplete because of the lag in time between when the death occurred and when the death certificate is completed, submitted to NCHS and processed for reporting purposes. This delay can range from 1 week to 8 weeks or more, depending on the jurisdiction, age, and cause of death.
Anyway… Thanks for listening to me whine.
I know it won’t matter a hoot but…
I feel better now.