Between 2020 and 2021, about 1 million more Americans died than in normal non-pandemic years. But only 800,000 of those excess deaths have been attributed to COVID-19, which public health experts say suggests a massive undercount.
An investigation by Documenting COVID-19 and the USA Today Network revealed that inaccurate death certificates filed across the country are hiding the pandemic's true death toll.
Dillon Bergin, lead reporter on this investigation, tells us more.
Help out with the investigation by filling out this form about how COVID-19 deaths are reported in your hometown.
This segment aired on January 19, 2022.