7-Year-Old Dies From COVID One Day After Trump Said Children Are ‘Almost Immune’
According to The Independent, a seven-year-old boy in Georgia with no underlying health issues became the state’s youngest person to die from the coronavirus this week.
- Per the report, “The Georgia Department of Public Health announced on Thursday that the seven-year-old from Savannah, Georgia, had died after suffering a seizure in response to the virus, but did not release the date of the unnamed child’s death.”
- Dr. Lawton Davis, director of the Coastal Health Department, said in a statement to Fox5 in Atlanta that “every Covid-19 death we report is tragic, but to lose someone so young is especially heart-breaking.”
He added: “We know that older individuals and those with underlying conditions are at higher risk of complications, but this is a disease everyone should take seriously.”
- The Independent noted that a “six-year-old girl from Tennessee and a six-year-old boy from Nebraska also died from coronavirus this week.”
- The child’s death in Georgia came just one day after President Donald Trump “falsely claimed that children are ‘almost immune’ to the disease when he called in and spoke to the hosts of Fox & Friends,” the outlet reported.
- Trump said on Wednesday that “schools should be open. If you look at children — I would almost say definitely — they are almost immune from this disease.”
He added: “They’ve got stronger, hard to believe, I don’t know how you feel about it, but they’ve got much stronger immune systems than we do somehow for this. And they don’t have a problem, they just don’t have a problem.”
- The report noted that a “study from The American Academy of Pediatrics earlier in the year found that children are less susceptible to the symptoms of the disease”; however, “more than 116 teachers and students in a Mississippi school district were instructed to self-isolate on Thursday, due to an outbreak of coronavirus less than two weeks after they reopened.”