The CDC Is pushing back against critics who say COVID-19 death numbers have been overcounted

Numbers of U.S. uncategorized deaths last year weren’t so high as to make the CDC’s death certificate estimate of COVID-19 mortality a gross undercount, said … Andrew Noymer, [associate professor of public health], of the University of California, Irvine. There just aren’t that many “excess” deaths for the year in medical records to leave much room for COVID-19 mortality numbers to be much higher, at least in the US. “This is a ‘floor’, but the ceiling isn’t a lot higher,” said Noymer.