President Trump on Saturday claimed that the United States was ‘rounding the turn’ and beating back the COVID-19 pandemic because the virus was only affecting young people with ‘beautiful immune systems’ like his son, Barron.
The president’s comments to his supporters in Circleville on Saturday comes amid a recent scientific research paper showing a steep decline in the number of COVID-19 deaths among those hospitalized with the disease.
But the US on Friday alone reported a record of more than 83,000 infections.
Trump accused Democrats and the news media of fear-mongering about the pandemic.
‘It’s always cases, cases, cases. They don’t talk about deaths,’ Trump told a crowd of several thousand at an outdoor rally in Circleville Ohio, where few wore masks even as they stood and sat shoulder to shoulder.
‘They’re trying to scare everybody,’ he said.
President Trump on Saturday told supporters in Circleville, Ohio, that the United States was ’rounding the turn’ in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic
Trump touted the decline in COVID-19 deaths and said that those who were getting sick were younger people like his 14-year-old son, Barron (seen above on August 27)
Research at one New York hospital revealed 25.6 per cent of hospital patients died in March. But in June, it fell to 7.6 per cent
The president then talked about his 14-year-old son, Barron, who along with his mother, First Lady Melania Trump, also contracted COVID-19.
Trump also tested positive for the virus and was flown to Water Reed Medical Center this month for treatment. After a three-day stay, he returned to the White House.
At the rally, Trump said he was told by a doctor about his son’s positive test.
‘The doctor said, “Sir, Barron has tested positive.” I said, “That’s terrible.”
‘He did not even know he was sick,’ Trump said.
The president claims the doctor told him the next day that Barron was ‘fine.’
‘Young people have strong immune systems,’ Trump said. ‘They have these strong, beautiful immune systems, so it was good.’
In addition to the spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations are also up in many parts of the country, as is the percentage of people who test positive.
While the news is grim, recent studies have shown that death rates for hospitalized Covid-19 patients are now almost a quarter of what they were during the peak of the pandemic.
Research conducted at one New York care facility revealed 25.6 per cent of hospital patients died in March. But in June, this rate plummeted to just 7.6 per cent.
The authors of the paper, due to be published next week, say generally it is younger and less frail people being admitted to hospital now.
But other top scientists say that medical breakthroughs — such as the discovery of drugs that help treat critically-ill patients — have boosted survival rates.
Dr. Leora Horwitz, who studies population health at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine, was the lead author of the New York study.
President Donald Trump brushed off polls showing him trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden and predicted a ‘red wave like you’ve never seen before’ on Election Day
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President Trump addresses thousands of supporters in Circleville, Ohio
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She and colleagues looked at more than 5,000 patients from March to August at a single health system, NYU Langone Health.
They adjusted for factors including age and other diseases, such as diabetes, to rule out the possibility that the mortality rate had dropped just because younger or healthier people were being admitted in the summer compared to the spring, which Dr. Horwitz said was the case.
Findings revealed death rates dropped ‘substantially’ for all groups by 18 percentage points on average, from 25.6 per cent to 7.6 per cent.
Dr. Horwitz, whose research was first reported by NPR and will appear next week in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, said Covid-19 is still deadly.
She said 7.6 per cent is still a high death rate in hospitalized patients compared to those battling other infectious diseases, such as the flu.
Overall it’s believed around 0.1 per cent of people who catch the flu die every winter, compared with 0.6 per cent of people who get Covid-19, including those with only mild symptoms.
Dr. Horwitz said: ‘It still has the potential to be very harmful in terms of long-term consequences for many people.’
On the campaign trail, Trump also continued to criticize Biden for ‘staying in his basement.’
The president hit out at his Democratic challenger for saying that the country was headed for a ‘dark winter’ because of the pandemic – the scenario of a surge in infections that health experts warned about for months.
Earlier, at a rally in North Carolina, Trump questioned the value of testing, taking a stance in opposition to public health experts across the globe.
‘You know why we have cases?’ said Trump, who was scheduled to hold another rally in Wisconsin in the evening.
‘’Cause we test so much. And in many ways, it’s good. And in many ways, it’s foolish.
‘In many ways, OK? In many ways it’s very foolish.’
Trump brushed off polls showing him trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden and predicted a ‘red wave like you’ve never seen before’ on Election Day.
‘Well we have ten days, and, you know, nothing worries me,’ he told reporters after he landed in Columbus, Ohio, for his second campaign rally of the day on Saturday.
President Trump mocked the size of the drive-in rallies Joe Biden is holding
Biden supporters at a drive-in rally in Bristol, Pennsylvania, on Saturday
Trump has taken to the road to make his case for a second term, planning a multiple state campaign swing for the next 10 days.
‘We’re going to take this right up until the end and then I suspect I’ll rest for about two hours but we’ll see what happens,’ he said.
He claimed there was a ‘hidden vote’ out there not being seen. He did not elaborate on what he meant.
‘We’re way ahead than where we were four years ago right? Way ahead where we were four years ago,’ he said. ‘I don’t know if it is a hidden vote. I don’t know what it is.’
Saturday began Trump’s final stretch. The president voted in Florida that morning and then had three campaign rallies in three critical battleground states: North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.
The president will be in New Hampshire on Sunday. He’ll be in Pennsylvania on Monday. On Tuesday he travels to Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska.
A senior administration official also said the president will make another West Coast swing, campaigning in Arizona and Nevada with more stops in Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Biden leads Trump by 8 points in the RealClearPolitics voting average on the race but the president and his team are expressing confidence he’ll prevail in the election.