The coronavirus death toll in America crossed the 200,000-fatalities threshold over the weekend. President Trump spoke at a campaign rally in Ohio and reportedly ‘downplayed’ the virus.
MSNBC.com reported, “We now know the disease. We didn’t know it, now we know it. 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? You 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,” the President said.
Trump and other White House officials on Tuesday echoed a similar message that it could have been worse.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the U.S. could have seen 2.2 million deaths had there been no social distancing measures in place.
CNN reported that since the first U.S. Covid-19 death on February 6, an average of 858 people have died from the disease every day.
The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) says Covid-19 is now the second-leading cause of death in the country after heart disease.
Researchers project almost 180,000 additional Covid-19 deaths by January 1, 2021.