Yahoo Story on Florida COVID Study Misrepresented Key Finding, Study’s Author Says

A medical staff member receives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla., December 15, 2020. (Marco Bello/Reuters)

A Yahoo News story warning that “Florida COVID numbers face new scrutiny” incorrectly framed the key finding of the study it profiled, according to the principal researcher of the study in question as well as other researchers quoted in the same article.

“Florida is undercounting the number of people who died from COVID-19 by thousands of cases, casting new doubt on claims that Gov. Ron DeSantis navigated the coronavirus pandemic successfully,” begins the fear-mongering story, published by Yahoo national correspondent Alexander Nazaryan on Tuesday.

The story was built around a study published this month in the American Journal of Public Health, which

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