Fauci claimed more kids have died from COVID than the flu – fact-checkers silent

In a Sept. 10 interview with CNBC, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “we have lost more children from SARS-CoV-2 than we ever lose for influenza.” Fauci’s comments may not be correct, but as of this publication, popular media fact-checkers like PolitiFact, Snopes, FactCheck.org, CNN’s Daniel Dale and the Washington Post’s fact-checking team remain silent on the matter.

“We are almost overrun. We have a lot of children in hospitals now. So even though relatively speaking, compared to an adult they don’t get as seriously ill, we have lost more children from SARS-CoV-2 than we ever lose for influenza — and we vaccinate children against influenza,” Fauci said in his full comments

Florida government data researcher Kyle Lamb first raised questions about Fauci’s comments.

Lamb first noted that COVID there have been 439 COVID deaths in the U.S. for children between the age of 0 and 17 in the span of 20 months.

Lamb then noted the way COVID deaths have been recorded has differed from the way Flu deaths have been recorded. Many patients hospitalized over the span of COVID-19 have been given COVID tests regardless of the reason for their hospitalization. Lamb noted COVID-19 death counts can any death where a positive COVID test is part of the patient’s diagnosis, even if they are being hospitaized for multiple causes. By comparison, those hospitalized are not tested to the same degree for the flue and even if they died while having the flu, it wouldn’t necessarily be counted as a flu death.

The CDC, for instance, estimated 1,161 flu deaths for children between the age of 0 and 17 in the 2012 and 2013 flue season. The CDC generally defines a flu season as lasting about 8 months, beginning in October and ending in around May of the following year. The CDC’s estimate of the 2012-2013 eight-month flu season is, by comparison about 2.6 times worse than the 20 months of COVID data for children (20 months being about 2.5 times longer of a period than 8 months).

Pulling from the same age bracket data recorded by the CDC, Lamb noted the U.S. flu deaths for those 0-17 of the last nine flu seasons. The data showed:

2010-11 flu season: 352 deaths

2012-13: 1,161

2013-14: 130

2014-15: 803

2015-16: 268

2016-17: 251

2017-18: 643 (a preliminary estimate)

2018-19: 477 (a preliminary estimate)

2019-20: 434 (a preliminary estimate)

If Lamb’s numbers (which are derived from CDC estimates) are correct, Fauci’s claim that “we have lost more children from SARS-CoV-2 than we ever lose for influenza” is incorrect. If Lamb’s (and the CDC’s numbers) are wrong, then where are the fact-checkers to correct his claims, which have garnered thousands of likes and have been retweeted hundreds of times on Twitter?

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