As the US approaches the grim milestone of 200,000 death from coronavirus, President Trump last night falsely claimed the virus affects “nobody young.”
“We now know the disease; we didn’t know it. Now we know it — it affects elderly people with heart problems and other problems. If they have other problems, that’s what it really affects. In some states, it affects thousands of people, nobody young. Below the age of 18, like, nobody,” Trump said at a rally in Swanton, Ohio.
“They have a strong immune system, who knows. Take your hat off to the young because they have a hell of an immune system,” he added. “But it affects virtually nobody. It’s an amazing thing.”
Previously, Trump claimed children children are “almost immune from this disease.”
Facts First: While children are, on the whole, less likely to get seriously ill or die from the coronavirus than adults are, they are certainly not “immune;” children get infected, transmit the virus, and do sometimes get seriously ill or die.