Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wrongly says there’s ‘100 percent proof’ no one under 25 has died from coronavirus in US – The Sun
FLORIDA Gov. Ron DeSantis wrongly said it’s proven that no one under the age of 25 has died from the coronavirus in the U.S. — and that it doesn’t seem to affect children.
Speaking at a meeting with educators on Thursday, DeSantis said he doesn’t think “there's been a single fatality under 25.”
“For whatever reason it just doesn't seem to threaten, you know, kids,” he added, according to CNN.
DeSantis, a Republican who has been slammed by critics who say he waited too long to enforce stay-at-home orders, said the fact that children aren’t impacted “should factor into how we’re viewing this.”
“We lose in Florida between five and 10 kids a year for the flu,” he said. “This one, for whatever reason, much more dangerous if you're 65 and plus than the flu.”
“No doubt about that, if you're younger it just hasn't had an impact.”
DeSantis continued: "I think the data on that has been 100 percent consistent. I've not seen any deviation on that.”
As noted by CNN, the Centers for Disease Control Prevention website has a running list of the ages of many of the people who have died from the virus in the U.S.
Federal health officials say that as of Friday, at least eight people age 24 and under have died from the virus.
Six people between the ages of 15 and 24 have died, while one child between the ages of five and 14, and another between the ages of one to four, have also died.
Additionally, the deaths of a newborn baby in Connecticut and an infant in Illinois are being investigated to see whether they died from the coronavirus.
While older people are most at risk of dying from COVID-19, health officials say they’re not the only vulnerable ones.
As more cases pop up around the world, it’s clear that how healthy a person was before they contracted the virus plays a big part in how their body fares.
In China, 80 percent of reported deaths were among people in their 60s or older, and Italy has reported more than 80 percent of deaths so far were among those 70 or older.
Dr. Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization’s emergencies chief, said last week: “The idea that this is purely a disease that causes death in older people we need to be very, very careful with.”
Children have made up a small fraction of the world’s case counts to date. In China, researchers found 2,100 infected children and noted one death, a 14-year-old, and that nearly 6 percent were seriously ill.
In Florida, no one under the age of 25 has been reported dead from the virus, but statewide, the state was reporting more than 17,500 cases as of Friday, with nearly 400 deaths.
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