US Elections 2020

Trump Jr tweets false claim that ‘almost 0’ Americans died from the flu this year

Updated on 29/10/2020 at 16:47

Donald Trump Jr, US President Donald Trump’s eldest son, tweeted that the flu killed 75,000 Americans last year and nearly none this year, suggesting that deaths are being miscounted to “manipulate the truth” about the coronavirus pandemic. This is false; US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has counted about 8,000 flu deaths so far in 2020, which are reported separately from Covid-19 deaths. Last season’s flu killed between 24,000 and 62,000 Americans, not 75,000.