Trump: My "hunch" says coronavirus mortality rate greatly inflated

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 5th, 2020 10:21 am

President Trump said that he has a "hunch" that the mortality rate of the coronavirus is much lower than what is being reported by the World Health Organization.

WHO said that, as of Tuesday, 3.4 percent of COVID-19 patients worldwide have died. Trump said that he believes that number is much lower.

"Well, I think the 3.4 percent is really a false number," Trump said in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Wednesday night. "Now, this is just my hunch, but based on a lot of conversations with a lot of people that do this, because a lot of people will have this, and it's very mild. They'll get better very rapidly. They don't even see a doctor. They don't even call a doctor. You never hear about those people."

The United States currently has 80 confirmed cases of the virus and nine deaths as of Thursday morning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"If, you know, we have thousands, or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by sitting around, or even going to work, some of them go to work, but they get better," Trump said. "And then when you do have a death … you know, all of a sudden it seems like 3 percent or 4 percent."

Trump said he believes the mortality rate is "way under" 1 percent.


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