This morning, CNBC Squawk Box hosts Andrew Ross Sorkin and Joe Kernen got into a screaming match over the markets, COVID-19, and President Donald Trump; Sorkin at one point told Kernen (a longtime Trump friend) that he had “used and abused” his position on the show to defend Trump.
In response, Kernen lied about the mortality rate of COVID-19.
Kernen claimed that the mortality rate in the United States due to COVID-19 was on the low end of what countries around the world are experiencing. That’s just wrong.
The Johns Hopkins COVID tracker breaks out cases and mortality by country. As of this morning, only 10 countries have a higher percentage of deaths per 100,000 people than the U.S.: San Marino, Belgium, Andorra, Spain, the U.K., Italy, France, Sweden, Netherlands, and Ireland. There are at least 138 countries with a lower documented rate.
Even if you take into account that some countries may not be forthcoming with accurate data or that other countries’ rates may rise higher in the long run, there’s simply no way to say that the United States is well ahead of others at the moment by this metric.