Is The COVID-19 Death Rate Backed By Science?

Our weekly check in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alexandra HartApril 1, 2020 7:22 am,

Physician, former congressman from Texas and former presidential candidate, Ron Paul, says that a claim about the lethality of the new coronavirus by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is “a claim without any scientific basis.”

Is that a fact?

Madlin Mekelburg dug into it for PolitiFact Texas, based at the Austin American-Statesman. She tells Texas Standard that Paul’s critique came from a column on his website, criticizing what he called the “coronavirus hoax.” Paul pointed to congressional testimony by Fauci, when Fauci said that COVID-19 is 10 times deadlier than the seasonal flu. He went on to call Fauci “the chief fearmonger of the Trump Administration.”

Hear how Paul’s claim scored in the player above.


Written by Alexandra Hart.