Understanding the confusion about COVID-19 death rates: Yahoo News Explains

CDC statistics released this week led to new controversy and confusion about the true cause of coronavirus deaths. The data, which showed that 94 percent of the more than 180,000 reported coronavirus fatalities in the United States did not list COVID-19 as the main cause of death, was incorrectly interpreted by some to mean that the coronavirus death rate has been inflated. Yahoo News Medical Contributor Dr. Kavita Patel explains what these new numbers really mean — and why they reveal more about long-standing issues with death certificates than they do about COVID-19 mortality.