President Trump told his crowd in Ohio that COVID-19 ‘affects virtually no one’ except older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions as death toll nears 200,000 .
Trump made the remarks Monday night at a campaign rally in Toledo where a crowded crowd donned “Make America Great Again” paraphernalia.
“Take your hat off to the young people because they have a hell of a immune system,” Trump told the cheering crowd.
Trump (photo): “In some states nobody is young. They have a strong immune system – who knows. Take off the hats off to the kids because they have a hell of a immune system. It hardly affects anyone ‘
Trump made the remarks Monday night at a campaign rally in Toledo where a crowded crowd donned “Make America Great Again” paraphernalia
Large crowd gathered to listen to Trump on Monday night at Swanton’s Toledo Express Airport
Prior to that, Trump said the severity of COVID-19 does not affect young Americans.
“Now we know it affects the elderly. Elderly people with heart problems and other problems. If they have other issues, that’s what it really affects. That’s it, ”Trump said.
“In some states, no one is young. They have a strong immune system – who knows. Take off the hats off to the kids because they have a hell of a immune system. It hardly affects anyone, ”he said, before adding“ open your schools ”.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the United States has reached 199,817 and more than 6.8 million cases.
While the CDC initially identified older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions as being most at risk, hundreds of children across the country have been infected so far.
The COVID-19 dashboard for Washington DC shows that 276 children under the age of five have tested positive.
This number rose to 490 positive results when considering schoolchildren aged 5-14. This number is 40 cases higher than the number of local infections for residents aged 15 to 19.
Fortunately, no deaths of children 18 and under in Washington have been reported so far.
In New York City, its dashboard painted a similar picture of schoolchildren falling ill during the pandemic.
The New York Dashboard reported 468.35 cases per 100,000 people under the age of 18.
The CDC noted in an August report that “children are at risk for severe COVID-19.”
Pictured: Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department wear protective gear as they perform a novel coronavirus test on a woman (left) in the Skid Row neighborhood of Los Angeles.
“As of March 1, 2020, COVID-NET has identified 576 pediatric hospitalizations associated with COVID-19. Although the cumulative hospitalization rate associated with COVID-19 in children is low compared to that in adults, weekly hospitalization rates in children increased during the surveillance period, ”the CDC wrote.
The report reiterates that child deaths are low, but they are still hospitalized and infected.
“This report and others found that although a third of children hospitalized with COVID-19 have been admitted to the ICU, the case fatality rate remains low, even among children hospitalized with more serious complications associated with the disease. COVID-19. the report read.
Trump’s statement also ignored how many schoolchildren were infected after schools reopened across the country.
North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga. Reported nine cases of COVID-19 just days after school started.
Images shared earlier this month showed few students wearing masks in the crowded hallways of North Paulding High School in Georgia
A photo taken days before the confirmed cases showed hallways full of students, as well as a lack of face masks and social distancing.
Throughout the pandemic, Trump has faced criticism for his administration’s response.
This month, he admitted to playing down the virus for fear that people would “panic” at the start of the pandemic.
“I’m a cheerleader for this country. I like this country. I don’t want people to be afraid. I do not want to cause panic, ”he told White House reporters.
“I’m definitely not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy. We want to show confidence. We want to show our strength, we want to show our strength as a nation. That’s what I did, ”he added.
“Leadership is about trust. Confidence is confidence in our country, ”he noted.
Trump (pictured) led a controversial and politicized response to COVID-19 that has been criticized by civilians and politicians
As Trump played down the pandemic, much of the United States saw New York morgues overflow, hospitals became overrun, frontline workers pleaded for supplies of PPE on social media and the one of the liveliest towns has fallen silent.
And political leaders, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, criticized him for leaving the coordination of the pandemic to individual states instead of mobilizing a federal response.
“I think a lot of things have gone wrong. We haven’t seen any national leadership, ”Garcetti said in July.
“We had to set up testing centers on our own, we had to do so many things out of our way because of the lack of national leadership – but I also think some people are just exhausted.
‘They were sold an invoice for goods, [the Trump administration] said it was under control, they said it would be over soon. And I think when leaders say that, people react and do the wrong things.
On the day of Trump’s campaign rally in Toledo, Biden blasted his response to COVID-19 and accused him of panicking during a separate campaign shutdown.
Joe Biden (photo): “Because of Donald Trump’s lies and incompetence, the past six months have seen one of the biggest loss of life in American history”
“Because of Donald Trump’s lies and incompetence, the past six months have seen one of the greatest loss of life in American history,” he said during his remarks to Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
“I want to spend a few moments talking to those who voted for Donald Trump the last time. I know many of you have been frustrated. Angry. You thought you weren’t seen, respected or heard. I get it. This must change. And I promise you this: it will change with me. You will be seen, heard and respected by me, ”Biden said.
“I will fight as hard for those who supported me as for those who did not support me,” he said. ‘
“This is not a partisan time for the love of God. It must be an American moment.