Texas Senator: We Still Don’t Know If Children Can Get COVID And Transmit It
In a television interview, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) appeared to question whether children can catch and transmit Covid-19, according to NBC 5.
- Despite information provided by doctors and government websites to the contrary, Cornyn said in the interview:
"We still don’t know whether children can get it and transmit it to others."
- Data from the Texas Department of State Health Services shows that more than 1,700 cases in people under the age of 20 have been confirmed.
- When asked directly to clarify on those comments, Cornyn’s staffers said that “while he could have been more precise with his language, Sen. Cornyn was referring to this tweet,” and pointed to a tweet by former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb on the risk level for young children.
NBC 5 noted its previous reporting on the issue of children and the coronavirus:
A doctor at Children’s Health Dallas and UT Southwestern recently told NBC5 children made up a small, but an increasing number of cases in Dallas County. He also explained children can spread the virus, including in settings similar to schools like daycare and summer camps.