CNN Editor deletes Coronavirus Tweet After Being Fact-Checked

A CNN editor removed and apologized for a tweet about the coronavirus after being accused of spreading misinformation.

The tweet: CNN’s breaking news editor Kyle Feldscher tried to break down the numbers for herd immunity in the U.S. on Tuesday after President Trump mentioned it during the ABC News town hall.

Herd immunity is a form of indirect protection from a disease, such as COVID-19, where a larger percentage of the population has become immune to the infection. It reduces the spread and likelihood of infection for individuals who lack immunity.

“There are approximately 328.2 million people in the US,” Feldscher began his now-deleted tweet. “To get to the low end of herd immunity, about 60% of the population must catch Covid. That’s about 196,920,000 cases. The current US death rate is about 2.96%” he tweeted. “So that’s 5,836,679 deaths necessary for herd immunity.”

Fact-check: New York Times reporter Alex Berenson called out Feldscher, saying his estimates are wrong.

A Twitter user that goes by the name Zac Bissonnette shared a screenshot of the direct messages he sent to Feldscher, where he attempted to explain why his numbers were off.

Feldscher deleted the tweet and apologized, writing that “calculations about infection rates and death rates are more complicated than my simple math implies.”

The post CNN Editor deletes Coronavirus Tweet After Being Fact-Checked appeared first on LaCorte News.

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