Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Tuesday pushed back against President Trump’s claim the coronavirus “virtually” affects no young people.
During a campaign rally in Swanton, Ohio, Monday night, Trump made the argument the virus only sickens the elderly.
“Now we know it affects elderly people. Elderly people with heart problems and other problems. If they have other problems, that’s what it really affects. That’s it. You know, in some states thousands of people— nobody young — below the age of 18, like nobody — they have a strong immune system — who knows?” Trump told a crowd of his supporters.
“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,” he said.