President Trump says COVID-19 'affects virtually no one'

After his rally crowd booed mask mandates, Trump says COVID-19 ‘affects virtually no one’ except ‘older people with heart problems’ as the US death toll approaches 200,000.
President Trump wrongly claimed that COVID-19 ‘affects virtually no one’ who is a young American. He made the remarks during a ‘Make America Great Again’ campaign stop in Toledo, Ohio, on Monday night.
He added that COVID-19 affects elderly and pre-existing individuals but does not pose a risk to young Americans. Hundreds of children around the country have tested positive and been infected with COVID-19 since the pandemic started.

Trump says COVID-19 'affects virtually no one' except 'older people with heart problems' as the US death toll approaches 200,000.
Trump says COVID-19 ‘affects virtually no one’ except ‘older people with heart problems’ as the US death toll approaches 200,000. Getty Image

‘Now we know it affects elderly people. Elderly people with heart problems and other problems. If they have other problems, that’s what it really affects. That’s it,’ said Trump.
‘Take your hats off to the young, because they have a hell of an immune system,’ Trump told the cheering crowd.
‘In some states nobody young. They have a strong immune system – who knows. Take your hat off to the young because they have a hell of an immune system. It affects virtually no one,’ he said, before adding ‘open your schools.’
In Washington D.C. 766 infected children between the ages of zero and 14 have been identified.
The U.S. death toll is approaching 200,000 and there are more than 6.8million reported cases
Meanwhile, the United State’s death toll reached 199,817 and more than 6.8 million cases.
Although the CDC initially listed older Americans and those with preexisting conditions as most as risk, hundreds of children across the country have been infected so far.
The COVID-19 dashboard for Washington D.C. states that 276 children under the age of five have tested positive.
That number expanded to 490 positive results when considering schoolchildren between the ages of five and 14.
‘Since March 1, 2020, COVID-NET has identified 576 pediatric COVID-19–associated hospitalizations. Although the cumulative COVID-19–associated hospitalization rate among children is low compared with that among adults, weekly hospitalization rates in children increased during the surveillance period,’ the CDC wrote.
The number counts for residents aged 15 to 19 if 40 cases are greater than the local infection. Fortunately, in Washington D.C., there have been no recorded deaths of children 18 years of age and younger. Until now.
Its dashboard painted a similar image in New York City of schoolchildren falling ill during the pandemic.
There were 468.35 cases per 100,000 people under the age of 18 recorded by the New York City dashboard.
The CDC stated in an August study that ‘Children are at risk for extreme COVID-19.’ The study reiterated that deaths for children were rare, but they were still being hospitalized and contaminated.
‘This report and others have found that, although one third of children hospitalized with COVID-19 were admitted to the ICU, the case-fatality rate remains low, even among children hospitalized with more severe COVID-19–associated complications.’ the report read.
Trump ‘s statement also overlooked the number of schoolchildren were became contaminated after schools reopened across the country.
Just days after classes started, North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, confirmed nine COVID-19 incidents.
As well as a lack of face masks and social distance, a picture taken days before the reported cases showed hallways filled with students.
Throughout the pandemic, Trump has been blamed for his administration’s reaction.
This month, over concerns people will ‘panic’ early in the pandemic, he confessed to downplaying the virus.
‘I’m a cheerleader for this country. I love this country. I don’t want people to be frightened. I don’t want to create panic,’ he told reporters at the White House.
‘Certainly I’m not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy. We want to show confidence. We want to show strength, we want to show strength as a nation. That’s what I’ve done,’ he added
‘Leadership is about confidence. Confidence is confidence in our country,’ he noted.

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