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Herman Cain's Twitter account claims coronavirus 'is not as deadly' as expected after he dies of the virus

Herman Cain's Twitter is spreading coronavirus conspiracies from beyond the grave.

Cain, the former businessman and presidential candidate, died a month ago from COVID-19. But his Twitter account and website have lived on through posts assumedly from his former staffers, including one early Sunday morning that doubted the deadliness of the virus.

A now-deleted tweet that reads as if it's from "THE Herman Cain" links to an article suggesting most COVID-19 patients died of an underlying condition along with the virus. It's captioned "It looks like the virus is not as deadly as the mainstream media first made it out to be."

Cain's account quickly deleted the tweet, but later shared another article with the caption "The summer 'second wave' really hasn't come close to the original spike, and it isn't showing signs it will." That article came directly from Cain's website, in which the site's editor Dan Calabrese speculates Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden isn't considering how he'll campaign if the COVID-19 pandemic dies off by January. Still, Calabrese does acknowledge "When you're getting more than 40,000 new cases every day, you can't say the pandemic is over," and that cases could easily rise again as the U.S. restarts crowded events.

Cain was hospitalized with COVID-19 not long after attending President Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was pictured without a mask on.