Pastor John MacArthur told the 3,500-member Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, California, that “there is no pandemic” as COVID-19 deaths and cases continue to climb in California, noted Christian psychologist Warren Throckmorton:
In truth, 6% of the deaths that have occurred can be directly attributable to COVID, 94% cannot. Of the 160,000 people that have died, 9,210 actually died from COVID.
MacArthur was referring to an Aug. 22 page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that makes note of comorbidities (more than one cause) for COVID-19 deaths: “For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death..”
While this may be shocking news to MacArthur and other science-denying evangelical Trump supporters, the reality is comorbidities are common in viral deaths, including AIDS.