Trumps false narrative on the coronavirus continues to put college students at risk
Coronavirus cases on college campuses are already surging as students begin to return to school for the fall. Yet Trump continues to minimize the risk posed by the virus.
Last night, Trump downplayed the risks of students returning to campus by comparing the coronavirus to the flu.
TRUMP: “So, nevertheless, certain colleges and universities have announced that they would suspend the in-person teaching. For older people and individuals with underlying conditions, the China virus is very dangerous, but for university students, the likelihood of severe illness is less than or equal to the risk of a seasonal few [sic] — a seasonal flu. And the seasonal flu happens and comes and it goes, and it can be very bad, but people don’t talk about it in the same way, and they shouldn’t. But if you look at that, the odds are less than or equal to.”
As students return to campus, some schools are already being forced to shut down again as students test positive for the coronavirus, and faculty and communities fear the consequences of potential new outbreaks.
The University of North Carolina (UNC)-Chapel Hill was forced to cancel all in classroom learning and revert back to online Remote Learning After 135 COVID-19 cases were confirmed within the first week of starting classes.