Ann Coulter claims coronavirus less dangerous than flu, contradicts herself in same tweet

It would appear Coulter doesn't know how to read a graph.

Mar 24, 2020, 7:18 pm

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Brooke Sjoberg 

Brooke Sjoberg

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Conservative pundit Ann Coulter managed to claim the flu is more deadly than the coronavirus for people under 60 and then prove otherwise—all in the same tweet.

“For people under 60, coronavirus is LESS dangerous than the seasonal flu,” Coulter tweeted on Tuesday, along with a graph that she likely included in order to back her claim up.

Yet the graph did the exact opposite. The graph is from a Business Insider data story and compares the CDC’s flu death rate with South Korea’s Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus death rates by age group. It shows that the death rate for COVID-19 is higher than the death rate for the flu for those under 60 (and over 60).

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While a data journalist noted that the graph’s x-axis is a bit confusing, an overwhelming amount of people pointed out that Coulter read the graph wrong, urging her to “read the fucking chart.”

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