Trust Index: Fact-checking Trump-Biden final debate claims on COVID surge, lockdowns, Michigan governor’s boat

Candidates make claims on pandemic projection, mortality rate, excess deaths, state lockdown

We’ve tested claims about the pandemic in just about every Trust Index report during the late election season.

During Thursday night’s final presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden, the candidates had claims about the recent spike in cases and hospitalization and the possibility for steps back into another shutdown if the trend worsens.

Biden’s claim about pandemic’s direction

We’ll start with one from Biden about the direction of the pandemic.

“There’s not another serious scientist in the world thinks it’s going to be over soon,” Biden said.

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While it depends on the definition of soon, estimates from prominent public health researchers and institutions all place the pandemic stretching into 2021. One estimate from the health reporting outlet Statnews says widespread vaccines may not be available until June of next year.

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