These claims are contradicted by proof from the Centres for Illness Management (CDC), Mr Trump’s personal public well being company. In keeping with its statistics, Covid-19 is barely considerably much less lethal than flu for folks beneath the age of 20, being about the identical for these aged 20 to 49 and nearly 9 instances worse for anybody over 50.
A unique examine by a bunch of American scientists advised that the true distinction may be starker nonetheless, discovering Covid’s an infection fatality charge to be greater than flu for many under-50s. Different research counsel it could have debilitating long-term results resembling lung harm even in surviving sufferers.
The CDC’s highest annual estimate of flu deaths in the US additionally tops out at an higher sure of 95,000 within the winter of 2017-18, when infections weren’t impeded by the sweeping lockdowns and social distancing practices of the coronavirus pandemic.
Twitter selected to limit, quite than take away, Mr Trump’s phrases, blocking them from being retweeted with out extra commentary and slapping them with a label that described them as “deceptive and doubtlessly dangerous”.
Individually, Twitter mentioned it had quickly locked Mr Trump’s account after he tweeted out the e-mail deal with of a columnist for the New York Put up on Monday, solely unlocking it as soon as he deleted the tweet.