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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke September 18, 2020

People have died of COVID-19 at home

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  • Most people who died of COVID-19 in the United States died in medical facilities, but nearly 10,000 as of Sept. 17 had died at home, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A recent Facebook post wrongly claims that people don’t die of COVID-19 at home, suggesting, perhaps, that the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people are due to poor medical care, or that the disease that has shuttered so much of the world is a hoax. 

"Nobody is found dead of corona in their homes.. They all die at the hospital," the post says. "Let that sink in."  

The majority of COVID-19 deaths in the United States occur in an in-patient health care setting or at a nursing home or long-term care facility, according to a provisional death count kept by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But as of Sept. 17, nearly 10,000 people had died at home, too. 

A July ProPublica article about home deaths from COVID-19 in Houston describes a woman who died at home while her daughter was calling 911. An autopsy revealed the primary cause of death was COVID-19. They hadn’t realized that she had the disease, but as cases then surged in the Houston area, a rapidly growing number of residents died of COVID-19 at home, according to a review of Houston Fire Department data by ProPublica and NBC News. While many people who die at home aren’t tested for COVID-19, an "increasing number" of at-home deaths have been confirmed to show they were caused by the disease, the story says.

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The coronavirus is not a hoax, and you can read all of PolitiFact’s coverage about it here

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