Anyone who shares the meme above is either grossly misinformed, naive, or a liar. Here's why.
This meme, taken from Facebook, is false. It's disinformation, as is any similar meme or comment or Tweet that implies the CDC has been dishonestly overstating COVID-19 deaths.
New cases and positivity percentage are down, as are new hospitalizations. Deaths are holding steady. But hold on to your hats, Colorado, because schools are reopening and the course of COVID-19 is going to get worse from here.
COVID reminds us that there is a reason we have science - because reality is neither easy nor tidy, neither are people, and if we want to be more than mere monkeys gaping at the approaching storm, we need a torch to aid our way out of ignorance and into enlightenment.
No-one can be an expert in all things, and the average Facebook user lacks the education and experience to be an expert on such complicated subjects as epidemiology or infectious diseases.
New cases may have stabilized, at least temporarily. But new hospitalizations and new deaths continue to rise, just as we're about to reopen the industrial-sized petri dishes known as schools across Colorado.
New cases and positive tests are up. So are new hospitalizations and, unfortunately, new deaths are now clearly up above the previous lows. Plus a detailed look at positivity percentage and deaths by date of death vs. date of illness onset.
We are allowed our own opinions, but not our own facts. I'll admit - publicly - if I got my facts wrong. The "Sweden will have so-called herd immunity" crowd must do the same.
If a mask blocks carbon dioxide, it will be fantastic against COVID-19. And a mask doesn't have to be able to block individual viruses to reduce transmission.