Our VERIFY researchers are reviewing what President Trump and Joe Biden were saying during the second and final presidential debate.
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are standing for the second presidential debate tonight in Nashville, Tennessee.
The 90 minute event started at 9 p.m. East. You can follow the debate live on this page.
Our VERIFY researchers are working to verify the claims and testimony of both nominees in real time. Update this story for updates.
With less than two weeks to go to election day, Biden tops most national polls and has a closer advantage in the battlefield states that might decide the race. More than 42 million people have already cast their votes. The debate, hosted by NBC’s Kristen Welker, is one last chance for both men to hold their own in front of a television audience of tens of millions of voters.
Following Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, the Presidential Debate Commission ruled that the second debate, which should have been held last week, would be virtual. Trump flinched, which led to the debate being canceled, and the two men who held dueling town halls last Thursday night were speaking at the same time more than 1,000 miles apart.
To curb the disruptions, Trump and Biden will turn off the microphone on Thursday night while his rival gives a two-minute response to each of the six debate topics, the commission said. The mute button is not included in the open discussion part of the debate, but has been criticized by Trump.
CLAIM: Biden said, “The expectation is that we will have another 200,000 Americans dead by the end of the year.”
This is based on outdated estimates by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics.
early September his projection was 410,451 U.S. coronavirus deaths through January 1, 2021. As of the night of the debate October 22, 2020, its estimate is 316,935 U.S. coronavirus deaths through January 1, 2021.
There were 222,977 U.S. coronavirus deaths on the night of the debate. to Johns Hopkins UniversitySo by the current estimate, there would be another 94,000 deaths by early 2021, not 200,000.
Sources: Institute for Health Metrics; Johns Hopkins University
Claim: Trump said, “If you see that [COVID-19] The death rate has decreased by 85%. “
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows deaths from COVID-19 are down 85% from the spring peak. This does not match the mortality rate that was not recorded on a weekly or daily basis. The CDC has been collecting preliminary data on COVID-19 deaths every week since February.
The week of April 18 was the deadliest week yet during the United States’ battle with coronavirus, in which 17,077 people died. 2,540 people died in the week of October 10th. That’s an 85% decrease. These dates can change over time.
The CDC notes that the counts for the past few weeks are incomplete because some states and towns take more than 10 days to count deaths and death certificates can take one to eight weeks to complete.
Whether it stays close to 85% or not, it’s true that COVID-19 deaths have generally declined since that April peak. However, this is not the same as “death rate,” which measures the percentage of patients diagnosed with the disease who die from it.
According to data from Johns Hopkins, the death rate currently observed in the US is 2.7%. For what it’s worth, one of the earliest VERIFY stories about the coronavirus in January before community transmission was reported in the US was about the COVID-19 death rate in China at the time. It was about 2%.
Sources: CDC; Johns Hopkins; CHECK JANUARY