The CDC has removed tens of thousands of deaths linked to COVID-19, including nearly a quarter of deaths it had listed in those under 18 years old
The health agency quietly made the change on its data tracker website (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#demographics) on March 15.
Before the change, the CDC listed 1,755 children as dying from COVID-19 along with approximately 851,000 others.
The update saw the CDC cut 416 deaths among children and over 71,000 elsewhere, arriving at a total of just under 780,000.
“Data on deaths were adjusted after resolving a coding logic error. This resulted in decreased death counts across all demographic categories,” the CDC says on the site.