Trump compares COVID-19 to seasonal flu

Trump compares COVID-19 to seasonal flu Photo: News10NBC.

Updated: October 06, 2020 01:22 PM
Created: October 06, 2020 11:47 AM

(WHEC/AP) — Still sickened by COVID-19, President Donald Trump plunged back on Tuesday into playing down the disease that hospitalized him for three days and has so far killed more than 210,000 Americans. He compared it anew to the seasonal flu and signaled he plans to return soon to the campaign trail.

“Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu,” he tweeted. “Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!”

News10NBC fact-checked these claims.

The CDC estimates the flu has claimed the lives of anywhere between 12,000 and 61,000 people annually since 2010 - well below the 100,000 mark.

The president's tweet can no longer be shared on Twitter due to a violation of the company's rules about “spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.” A similar post from Trump was also removed by Facebook.

More than 210,000 people in the U.S. have died from the coronavirus since the pandemic became widespread earlier this year.

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