Minnesota doctor doubts number of coronavirus-related deaths claiming "influenza death" have been called COVID-19
During “The Ingraham Angle” on Tuesday, Dr. Scott Jensen called in question the numbers of coronavirus deaths in the U.S.A. saying that some of fatalities were not related to COVID-19 and should be reclassified.
Dr. Jensen also called certification by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whether the patients died of the virus are a “mess.”
"We both know," Jensen said, "that there have been influenza deaths, influenza cases that have been called COVID-19 [deaths] because nobody bothered to swab their throats. If you want to find out what the data is, I don't care if they're dead or alive, swab them. We can always run a test later and then actually get real information."
As an example of a “mess” Jensen suggested a patient who died from influenza would be listed as “coronavirus” patient if the patient had symptoms like fever and cough a few days before dying.
"There's been so much garbage going in that we are going to get garbage out," Jensen said Tuesday. "Three weeks ago, you and I talked about this and we've seen since then, [in] Pennsylvania, the coroners have pushed back and said 'These aren't COVID-19 deaths,' and Pennsylvania reduces its numbers.
"We've got people ... in the southeastern part of the country saying they want accountability, we’ve got California and Minnesota saying 'We're going to count only confirmed cases' ... so it's a mess," Jensen said.
New data published this week by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) projected more than than 74,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States by August 4, an increase of nearly 6,000 projected deaths from its latest report.