Trump Is Still Downplaying COVID: 'It Affects Virtually Nobody' - 2020-09-22
As of Tuesday morning, 199,884 people have died as a result of coronavirus in the U.S., according to data collated by Johns Hopkins University. Most experts agree that the true figure is likely significantly higher, yet President Donald Trump told a crowd of supporters Monday night that COVID-19 "affects virtually nobody."
Trump was speaking to thousands of mostly maskless and not socially-distanced supporters in Swanton, Ohio, when he claimed, inaccurately, that the coronavirus does not affect young people.
"It affects elderly people, elderly people with heart problems and other problems. That's what it really affects," the president said. "In some states, thousands of people — nobody young. Below the age of 18, like, nobody. They have a strong immune system, who knows? Take your hat off to the young, because they have a hell of an immune system. But it affects virtually nobody. It's an amazing thing."
Trump's claim contradicts not only almost all public health experts but also his own assertion to Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward in March where he admitted the virus affected "plenty of young people."