White House chief of staff Mark Meadows claims ‘the vast majority’ of people are safe from coronavirus
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows claimed on Monday that the “vast majority of people” are safe from the coronavirus and that the risk of the disease is “extremely low” for those without risk factors.
Meadows claimed an increase in infection rates in the United States as states begin the reopening process, with the average for new daily cases reaching a record high for the 27th consecutive day on Sunday. In total, the US infected more than 2.93 million people and more than 132,000 people died.
But 60-year-old Meadows said that unless someone is old age or has one of the risk factors, they are safe from the virus.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows claimed on Monday that the ‘vast majority of people’ are safe from the corona virus
Meadows claimed that the United States saw an increase in infection rates as states begin the reopening process, with the average for daily new cases reaching a record high for the 27th consecutive day on Sunday
“If you start looking at the statistics and looking at all the numbers we have – the amount of tests we have – the vast majority of people are safe from this,” he said on “Fox & Friends.”
“If you look at the deaths we have, if you are over 80 years old or if you have three so-called comorbidities – diabetes, hypertension, heart problems – then you have to be very careful. Beyond that, the risks are extremely low, ” he added.
He also later told White House reporters that “many of these cases are asymptomatic.”
“If you look at the vast majority of those 65 and under, if they don’t have comorbidities, we’re looking at the fact that not only is this not as dangerous as some of the other things that could potentially cause a loss of life,” he said. during a question-and-answer session in the White House driveway.
“And that’s the real key if you start knocking out some of the deaths we’ve had in nursing homes, and it’s not to downplay the deaths we’ve had. But it’s really going to look statistically to know that whatever risks you or I have, or my kids or my grandchildren, let’s take a good look at that, ”added Meadows.
The White House has pushed for a return to normal and a reopening of the country to get the economy back on track.
Polls show that voters give the President low marks for his approach to the pandemic, but they give him a high mark for the economy. The president has based his re-election campaign on a strong economic message.
President Trump will also return to the campaign track on Saturday with an outdoor rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, following his disastrous rally in Tulsa in late June.
At the New Hampshire event, Trump’s campaign will pass out from hand disinfection and face masks, which will encourage people to wear.
“There will be adequate access to hand sanitizer and all attendees will be given a face mask that they are strongly encouraged to wear,” the president’s campaign assured.
The new attitude to face masks has changed significantly from the June 20 rally in Tulsa, where masks were distributed, but according to the campaign, the decision to wear them was a personal choice. That rally didn’t live up to audience expectations – over 6,000 people showed up when the BOK Center could hold 19,000. Most people had no social distance and no masks. And eight members of Trump’s advanced team tested positive for coronavirus before the start of the rally.
Meadows said the changed attitude on masks for the Portsmouth rally was a “precaution.”
“It’s more of a precaution,” he said.
“We want to make other people feel safe,” he said.
And Trump said over the weekend that 99 percent of coronavirus cases were “completely harmless.”
“Now we’ve tested nearly 40 million people … and that shows that 99 percent is completely harmless,” he said during a White House speech for a July 4 celebration on Saturday.
Meadows said the president did not downplay the risks of COVID, but only looked at the facts.
“I don’t think it was the President’s intention to downplay that, let’s look at the risk and look at it appropriately, based on facts and figures,” he said.
Speaking to Independence Day in the White House, Trump said, “Now we have tested nearly 40 million people. For example, we show cases, 99 percent of which are completely harmless’
FDA Commissioner and member of the White House Task Force Coronavirus Stephen Hahn declined to comment on Sunday morning whether Donald Trump’s claim that 99 percent of coronavirus cases are “completely harmless” is well founded.
Trump also insisted that the U.S. develop a vaccine or other therapeutic solution to treat the virus long before the end of 2020.
FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn declined to support Trump’s claim on Sunday.
“I don’t go into who is right and wrong,” he told CNN. “We have seen the wave of cases. We must do something to turn the tide. ‘