Debunking coronavirus trutherism

The main truther theory is that COVID-19 deaths are fake news. Truthers believe that a high percentage of recorded coronavirus deaths are really due to other causes, which the media and health officials conceal to hurt President Trump or advance some hidden agenda.

There are two major themes running through coronavirus trutherism:

1. Deaths attributed to COVID-19 are basically ordinary flu and pneumonia deaths, but miscategorized for sinister reasons.

2. Very few of the people who died — nearly 13,000 in the United States as of April 8, and growing rapidly — actually died of COVID-19.

Both of these are false, as are other, less prominent coronavirus conspiracy theories.