Fact Check: The CDC Website DOES Show Age And Other Conditions For People Who Died From COVID-19

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  • by: Arthur Brice
Fact Check: The CDC Website DOES Show Age And Other Conditions For People Who Died From COVID-19 On CDC Website

Is it true ages and pre-existing medical conditions for U.S. residents who died from COVID-19 are not available? No, that's not true: the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website shows ages, additional medical conditions and other data for people who have died from COVID-19.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) published on Facebook on November 20, 2020. It opened:

New rule. Stop showing me Corona death numbers without showing me their age and if they had other conditions.

It should be public knowledge WHO is dying from this so we can make educated decisions moving forward.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Nov 23 16:51:01 2020 UTC)

The CDC provides to the public detailed data on U.S. residents who have died from COVID-19. Here's how to find it:

  1. Age and sex
  2. Race and Hispanic origin
  3. Place of death
  4. Comorbidities
  5. Excess deaths
  6. State and county data files

"Comorbidities" refers to other medical conditions the person may have had. "Excess deaths" compares the actual number of deaths in a specific time period to the expected number in the same time period.

Each of the six categories shown above has at least one clickable tab that can be used to download additional data.

The link for Age and Sex has three additional tabs to download data:

  1. Provisional COVID-19 Death Counts by Sex, Age, and State
  2. Provisional COVID-19 Death Counts by Sex, Age, and Week
  3. Provisional COVID-19 Deaths: Focus on Ages 0-18 Years

The data link for Comorbidities is titled "Conditions contributing to deaths involving corona virus disease (COVID-19), by age group and state, United States. It was last updated November 18, 2020.

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  Arthur Brice

Arthur Brice is a fact checker at Lead Stories. He has been a journalist for more than 40 years, nearly 30 of them in newspapers. Brice was a national desk editor and reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for nearly 20 years. Previously, he was political editor at The Tampa Tribune and also worked for three other Florida newspapers. He spent 11 Years as an executive editor and executive producer at CNN. 

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