Speaking in front of an elbow-to-elbow crowd at an airport in Ohio on Monday, President Trump waved away concerns about how covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, affects young people. This riff of Trump’s that young people are less affected by covid-19 and, in some states, haven’t died of the disease isn’t new.
But it’s an assertion that’s both dangerously misleading and aggressively hypocritical.
What remains unknown is the long-term effects of the illness. There are signs that contracting the virus could lead to heart or lung damage that lasts far longer than the infection itself. It has been less than a year since the virus emerged, so it’s impossible to say how young people infected by the virus might be affected as they get older, if at all.