An advisor to President Donald Trump on coronavirus has said that “young people are not at risk for serious disease” from Covid-19.
Dr. Scott Atlas made the comments to Martha MacCallum Thursday night on Fox News.
Fact check: Adults are more likely to become seriously ill from Covid-19, but children can get sick, and have serious complications.
Rare complications: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported at least 570 cases of children with MIS-C, a rare but serious coronavirus complication in children that has been associated with fever, rash, inflammation and shock. Ten of those children died.
Increased virus rates in kids: There has been a 90% increase in the number of Covid-19 cases among children in the United States over the last four weeks, according to an analysis by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association released this week.
“It's not fair to say that this virus is completely benign in children," said Dr. Sean O'Leary, vice chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, noting that about 90 children have died in the US from coronavirus.