38% of US adults believe government is faking COVID-19 death toll

Just to be clear they don't actually count those deaths. I'm just saying the effects of Covid aren't limited to people who straight up die of Covid. The statistics are most likely relatively accurate overall but many of the excess deaths that aren't direct Covid deaths were influenced by the pandemic.

Also "the kind of thing that makes people distrust statistics" is just straight up lying and propaganda. No amount of actual statistical fuckery could even get close to approaching the effect of the right wing propaganda machine. There is a non-negligible amount of people out there who have had family members directly die of Covid that are still arguing that the vaccine is more dangerous than the virus.

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