After Facebook and Twitter removed a video posted by President Donald Trump’s campaign that revealed his recent claims about the coronavirus, one ardent supporter is coming to his defense.
As reported by the Washington Times, radio host Rush Limbaugh defended the president’s claims that children are “virtually immune” to the virus.
“I would almost say definitely”
Social media fact-checkers determined the claim represented “misinformation” about the pandemic and took action similar to the prior response to his claims about voter fraud and the efficacy of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19.
“If you look at children, children are almost — I would almost say definitely — but almost immune from this disease,” Trump said in the now-removed clip. “The fact is that they are virtually immune from this problem.”
In his reaction to the development, Limbaugh cited two articles that show young children are less likely to contract and spread the virus than their older counterparts.
“The Trump campaign is exactly right when they said that kids are almost immune,” the host claimed. “And yet Facebook and Twitter pull it down as unsuitable.”
Despite the relatively lower risk children appear to face in regard to the coronavirus, cases of serious illness and even death among young children have made national headlines in recent days.
In Chatham County, Georgia, a 7-year-old boy with no known underlying health issues became the state’s youngest confirmed coronavirus death.
“Every COVID-19 death we report is tragic, but to lose someone so young is especially heart-breaking,” said Georgia Department of Public Health Communications Director Nancy Nydam. “We know that older individuals and those with underlying conditions are at higher risk of complications, but this is a disease everyone, regardless of age, should take seriously.”
Nevertheless, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a policy that will allow schools to open statewide on a case-by-case basis. Trump has sought to highlight the lower risk among children as part of his push to resume in-person education.
There is still plenty to learn about this highly communicable virus, and overeagerness to take down social media posts about the ongoing public health crisis is probably not the best way to handle the situation.