TRUMP on young people and the virus: "Now, they don’t catch it easily; they don’t bring it home easily. And if they do catch it, they get better fast. We’re looking at that fact.” — briefing Wednesday.
THE FACTS: That isn't a fact. He doesn't have the science to reach this broad conclusion.
His coronavirus task force coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, and other public health officials have said repeatedly that while children appear to get less sick from the virus than adults, the threat to young people and their ability to spread the virus are not understood because not enough research has been done on kids and COVID-19.
Birx underscored the point Friday on NBC's “Today" show. Whether children under 10 spread the virus the same as older children “is still an open question” she said.
“We know that children under 18 are less sick, but there are some that suffer terrible consequences if they have underlying conditions,” she added. “Children under 10 do get infected. It's just unclear how rapidly they spread the virus.”
Trump has been pushing for schools to reopen and at one point threatened to withhold federal money if they don't.
While his assurances about children were unsupported, they were a step back from his earlier rhetoric that portrayed kids as practically immune to infection. “It's very unique how the children aren’t affected,” he said in early May. “Incredible.”