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Why The COVID-19 Death Count Is Almost Certainly Too Low

How many Americans have died of COVID-19? In this week’s episode of PODCAST-19, we follow the story of a retired firefighter named Bob Duffy to understand why many fatalities have not been counted. We also explore some encouraging research into whether we’re on the right track to develop a vaccine.

Don’t want to miss an episode of PODCAST-19, FiveThirtyEight’s weekly look at what we know — and what we know we don’t know — about COVID-19? Subscribe on your favorite podcasting app! For example, here’s where to do it on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Anna Rothschild was FiveThirtyEight’s senior producer for video.

Jake Arlow is a former producer for FiveThirtyEight.