Trump Says Two False & Dangerous Things About the Coronavirus
These are not quirky prevarications nor arguable shades of gray, so here are the statements and the facts
President Donald Trump just said two false and dangerous things about the coronavirus and Covid-19, the disease it causes—statements that could lead some to believe there’s less to be concerned about than reality indicates. Here are his comments, and the true science:
He said: “… children are almost — and I would almost say definitely — but almost immune from this disease…”
This is totally false. Children of all ages have tested positive for Covid-19, and some have died. Older kids are very infectious—similar to the contagiousness of adults—and little kids who get infected pack a tone of the virus in their snot, and we don’t yet know how contagious they might be, but experts figure it’s probably about half as much as adults. We might yet learn it’s more, or less. [I wrote about all this earlier today.]
We know children are much less likely to get sick or die from Covid-19, compared to adults, and especially older adults. But they are not immune. If you’re immune, you don’t catch and carry a disease, let alone pass it along or get sick or die.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S. Covid-19 has killed…
10 kids ages 1–4
20 kids ages 5–14
That means that kids can catch it, give it to teachers, bring it home, give it to grandma. Those are the greater risk for some families (and teachers).
Of the coronavirus, Trump said: “It’s going away. It’ll go away.”
No, it isn’t, and it won’t. The president has said that at least 20 times now since March, and he’s been wrong roughly 20 times. We can make it go away, or at least tamp it way down, experts say, but only if we implement and accept strict preventive measures or develop a vaccine, and then only if a large percentage of people get the vaccine. Left to its own devices, the coronavirus will thrive in direct proportion to the opportunities we give it, and it will more than likely be here forever, literally.