FAST FIVE: Republicans 10 Times More Likely Than Democrats To Say COVID-19 Death Count Is Overstated: Gallup

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There is no difference in awareness about how the coronavirus spreads between Democrats (88%), Republicans (87%) and independents (87%), likely because this information has remained outside contentious political discourse.

Overall, 48% of US adults think the official death count is understated, while 26% believe it is overstated and 25% believe it is accurate.

While the New York Times and Washington Post published lead stories on how the official death count is understated, Fox News aired segments suggesting this figure is likely inflated.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, confirmed that the death rate is almost certainly higher than the official count.

Political leaders and news organizations can push back against false information that poses health risks to Americans' lives.

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